Kirk Rueter said he felt strong in his most recent start. He just had one bad inning.
Rueter pitched five scoreless innings Friday before surrendering four runs in the sixth inning of a 5-3 loss to Atlanta.
“I felt good, but one inning was all it took,” Rueter said. “It was unfortunate.”
Rueter was making his 253rd appearance with the Giants, good enough for 10th place on the franchise list. When he takes the mound Wednesday, he’ll be looking for just his second win in six starts. The 33-year-old left-hander went 1-2 with a 5.46 ERA in five starts during August.
He’ll hope to get off to a better start in September as the Giants enter the month tied atop the NL wild-card race with the Chicago Cubs. The Giants had lost three of four before topping the Rockies 9-5 in Tuesday’s series opener.
Barry Bonds went 1-for-2 with a double and remained at 696 career home runs. The veteran slugger is third on the career list behind Babe Ruth (714) and Hank Aaron (755), and said he wants to reach 700 during the current homestand.
Bonds was walked intentionally in the second inning Tuesday. San Francisco manager Felipe Alou said he hopes the Rockies don’t pitch their way around the six-time NL MVP.
“I hope they pitch to him,” Alou said. “Teams that have been in the race all year have pitched to him.”
Vinny Castilla and Luis Gonzalez each homered for the Rockies, who have the second-worst record in the NL. Colorado has lost eight straight and is off to an 0-7 start on its season-high 12-game road trip.