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Giants rest several players but blank Brewers

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Even with Barry Bonds and other key players
resting, the San Francisco Giants still had no trouble beating the
hapless Milwaukee Brewers.

Kirk Rueter pitched six scoreless innings and Rich Aurilia
homered Sunday as San Francisco won 5-0 to drop Milwaukee to 0-6
for the first time in its history.

Manager Felipe Alou held Bonds, Ray Durham, Benito Santiago and
J.T. Snow out of the starting lineup, but the Giants still matched
their 6-0 start of a year ago when they went on to win the National
League pennant.

Reserves Andres Galarraga and Yorvit Torrealba each scored a run
and had an RBI, and Neifi Perez scored a run. Perez played second
and also made a great defensive play to end a Brewers threat.

"We've got a great bench, one of the best in the game,'' said
Edgardo Alfonzo, who left the game in the eighth with a mild groin
sprain. "Every time you get a day off, you feel comfortable.''

Alou was comfortable resting so many regulars because he had
Rueter (1-0), his opening day pitcher, on the mound. He continued
his mastery of Milwaukee, allowing five hits and four walks.

In 10 career starts against the Brewers, Rueter is 7-1 with a
1.78 ERA. He also had two hits and an RBI.

"We've got outstanding guys, veterans that have been everyday
players, on the bench,'' Rueter said. "We don't lose much when
they are out there.''

Wayne Franklin (0-1) made his first start of the season for
Milwaukee, but had control problems. He walked the leadoff hitter
in three of the first four innings and fell behind other hitters
much of the day, giving up four runs, seven hits and four walks in
six innings.

"It's not as tough as when they've got Bonds in there, but it's
still pretty tough,'' Franklin said. "Pretty formidable.''

Unlike Franklin, Rueter was able to pitch out of trouble,
getting Jeffrey Hammonds out in key situations. With two outs and
runners at first and second in the first, Hammonds struck out. He
flied out in the same situation in the third inning.

Hammonds, the Brewers highest-paid player at $8.2 million this
year, hit into a double play in the sixth after Richie Sexson led
off with a single. Hammonds is hitting .167 (4-for-24) with one
RBI.

"He's tough,'' Brewers manager Ned Yost said of Rueter. "We
just didn't do anything against him today. He gave us a lot of
problems.''

In the seventh, reliever Jim Brower got Sexson to ground out to
end the inning with the bases loaded. The Brewers left 11 men on
base.

Milwaukee has been shutout twice in its worst start to a season.
Yost said he wasn't too concerned about getting the first win.

"I'm not talking about one win,'' he said. "One win is
nothing. I'm talking about putting together a number of wins.''

Rueter was the first left-handed starter the Brewers have faced
this year, but last season Milwaukee was 9-23 against lefties.

San Francisco scored the only run it needed in the second.
Alfonzo walked and Torrealba tripled to make it 1-0.

In the third, Aurilia hit his first homer to make it 2-0.

Galarraga walked to open the fourth and moved to third on
Torrealba's double. One out later, Rueter hit a high chopper for an
infield single, scoring Galarraga. Marquis Grissom followed with a
single to make it 4-0.

Galarraga's infield single scored Perez from third for an
unearned run and a 5-0 lead in the seventh.

Game notes
Detroit is the only other winless team, also 0-6. ... Snow
entered in the seventh during a double switch. ... Alfonzo said he
would play in Monday's game against San Diego. ... It was the first
time in six games that the Brewers had given up fewer than six
runs. ... The Brewers and Giants will not play again until Sept.
12-14 in San Francisco. ... It is the first time the Giants have
started a season 6-0 on the road. ... Giants RF Jose Cruz Jr. has a
six-game hitting streak to open the season.