Angels shut out Giants 3-0

Kirk Rueter pitched a great ball game for the Giants, shutting the Angels out for 5 2/3 innings, but all he got for it was a no-decision. Cody Ransom and Neifi Perez both went 2-4 in the loss.

The game remained scoreless until the seventh, when back-to-back doubles by Jeff DaVanon and Bengie Molina and a wild pitch by losing pitcher Felix Rodriguez gave the Angels a 2-0 lead. Anaheim added another run in the eighth off reliever Jason Christiansen as Brian Gordon singled, stole second, went to third on a throwing error and scored on DaVanon's sac fly.

Kirk Rueter looked impressive in his outing, pitching 5 2/3 innings, giving up six hits and not allowing any runs. With Jason Schmidt not healthy enough for action, it looks increasingly likely that Rueter will pitch against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on April 5.

Winning pitcher Jarrod Washburn (3-0), pitched 6 1/3 innings and only gave up five hits.

Game Notes: Jeff Urban struck out the only two hitters he faced in 2/3 of an inning. Rueter looks like he will be the opening day starter, as he was last year. Ransom continues to have a hot bat. After hitting his second home run of the spring yesterday, today he went 2 for 4. The Giants defense was impressive. They only had one error compared to Anaheim's three.

Jesse Radin writes for and has been a Giants follower since 1996. The Blind Observer is Jesse's column covering all things baseball, though mainly about the Giants. Questions or comments can be sent to

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