Series: Game 1 of 3

San Francisco leads 1-0 (as of 5/3)

Game 1: Friday, May 3
Cincinnati 1Final
San Francisco 6
Game 2: Saturday, May 4
Cincinnati 0Final
San Francisco 3
Game 3: Sunday, May 5
Cincinnati 5Final
in 10
San Francisco 6

Reds 1

(17-11, 8-5 away)

Giants 6

(17-11, 9-4 home)

    10:35 PM ET, May 3, 2002

    AT&T Park, San Francisco, California 

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    W: K. Rueter (4-1)

    L: J. Rijo (2-1)

    Bad blood evident, but game remains fairly calm

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The anticipated beanball battle never really got going.

    Jeff Kent

    Reds pitcher Jose Rijo plunked leadoff man David Bell, but that was quickly forgotten as San Francisco beat Cincinnati 6-1 Friday night for the Giants' fourth victory in five games.

    "I don't think it was intentional," Giants manager Dusty Baker said. "I don't think anybody minded because it didn't hurt. Unless you get hit on the bone or something, how much is 83 mph supposed to hurt?"

    Jeff Kent broke open the game with a three-run homer in the seventh. The shot off Rijo (2-1) scored Bell, who singled, and Barry Bonds, who walked.

    Kirk Rueter (4-1) blanked the Reds for eight innings, but was pulled in the ninth after Sean Casey and Adam Dunn opened with singles.

    Chad Zerbe relieved and allowed Aaron Boone's run-scoring single.

    Rueter has not thrown a complete game since June 29, 1999, against Colorado, a span of 87 starts. His last shutout was came against the Giants on Aug. 27, 1995, with Montreal.

    He allowed one run on nine hits with two walks and two strikeouts. The Giants helped by turning four double plays behind him.

    Recent tension between the teams and comments by Reds reliever Scott Williamson this week had fueled speculation there might be trouble.

    Last Sunday in Cincinnati, Giants reliever Felix Rodriguez hit Casey in the upper arm with a pitch after Reds reliever Gabe White threw over Bonds' head. Williamson later said there was now bad blood between the clubs.

    Rijo set the tone by hitting Bell in the upper arm. Bell went to second when Bonds walked, and scored on J.T. Snow's single.

    "I don't really think it was thrown at me," Bell said. "He had no reason to throw at me with the guys hitting behind me."

    Rijo said he likes to throw his first pitches inside, but he lost his release point and ended up hitting Bell.

    "Do you think I want to hit the leadoff guy and face Barry Bonds with guys on base? You've got to be kidding," he said.

    Rich Aurilia made it 2-0 with a home run off Rijo in the fifth. It was Aurilia's third homer overall and his third in a row on a Friday night.

    The Giants added a run in the sixth and Reds manager Bob Boone got ejected.

    Snow singled, Reggie Sanders reached on an infield single and Tsuyoshi Shinjo appeared to ground into an easy double play to third baseman Aaron Boone.

    But while Snow was out at third, first base umpire Jerry Layne ruled that Shinjo had beaten the throw. That call brought out Boone, who was ejected after an animated argument. Benito Santiago's single then scored Sanders.

    Rijo, who had given up just two earned runs over his last 11 innings going into the game, allowed six runs on eight hits over seven innings.

    "The positive was I threw 110 pitches," said Rijo, who has had five surgeries on his right elbow. "Today I felt like a starter. I feel like I'm back for sure."

    Rueter, meanwhile, was understandably disappointed he didn't get that complete game.

    "Every time I get close, I want to try to get it," he said.

    Bonds, who jumped out to fast start with eight home runs, has not homered since April 17 -- a span of 32 at-bats. The National League Most Valuable Player has been bothered by a sore left hamstring.

    Austin Kearns was back in right field for the Reds after sitting out all but a pinch-hit appearance in the past two games.

    Kearns was hit above the left eye by Dodgers reliever Giovanni Carrara on Tuesday.

    Game notes

    The Reds have won each of their past four series and seven of nine series this season. ... The Reds swept the Giants 3-0 last season at Pacific Bell Park. It was their first series sweep in San Francisco since 1996 at Candlestick Park.... It was Rueter's 99th career victory and 74th as a Giant. He now ranks sixth on the Giants' career victories list, passing Bobby Bolin and Gary Lavelle.

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