Giants 6, Dodgers 0
“I just tried to get my groundballs, and fortunately they hit some at people in key situations and we were able to turn some double plays,” Rueter said. “That’s the way I’ve got to pitch to be successful. I’m not a big strikeout guy, so I can’t rear back and try to punch guys out. I try to make good pitches on the corner of the plate and try to get them to hit groundballs.”
He got out of a couple of jams in the early innings with the help of two double plays as the Giants won for the sixth time in seven games. Having already clinched the NL West title, they dropped the rival Dodgers 3 1/2 games behind Florida in the wild-card race.
Herges was impressed by Rueter’s performance, which included singling home a run during a four-run sixth.
“He showed once again that he’s a big-game pitcher—period,” Herges said. “We’re chasing Atlanta for the best record, and he came out and got it done. He’s fun to watch. He’s confident and he has conviction.
“I don’t think there’s a doubt in anyone’s mind in this clubhouse that he’s going to be real good in the postseason.”
Barry Bonds went hitless in two official at-bats, leaving him three homers behind Willie Mays’ 660 for third on the career list. Bonds walked twice and drove in the Giants’ first run with a towering sacrifice fly during a four-run sixth.
When he hit the ball, there was a collective gasp from the Dodger Stadium crowd, but right fielder Shawn Green caught the fly ball on the edge of the warning track.
The Dodgers have been shut out 13 times, second-most in the majors behind Detroit’s 17.
“The only thing you can say is we had wasted opportunities and plenty of them early in the game,” Los Angeles manager Jim Tracy said. “We had a number of opportunities to get on the scoreboard well before the Giants got their opportunity, but we came up empty.”
He shook his head and added, “If you don’t score any runs, there’s no way you can think what you could have done to win.”
Dodgers LHP Tom Martin made his 76th appearance, walking the first two he faced in the sixth before getting Bonds on a popup to first. The 76 appearances are a club record for a left-hander, one more than Scott Radinsky in 1997. … Los Angeles C Paul Lo Duca, already scheduled to get the night off, has a slightly strained chest muscle but isn’t expected to miss any playing time. … The Giants have 95 victories, but winning 100 games isn’t much of a priority for manager Felipe Alou. He plans to rest most of his regulars Sunday and give all the starters some time off next week so they’ll be ready for the playoffs. … Roy Gleason, a member of the Dodgers’ 1963 World Series champions whose baseball career was cut short by military service inVietnam, threw out the first pitch.