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Giants 2, Brewers 1

April 25, 1998

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ Kirk Rueter combined with two relievers on a three-hitter, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Milwaukee Brewers 2-1 Saturday to stop a three-game losing streak.

Marvin Benard and Bill Mueller drove in fifth-inning runs off Paul Wagner (1-2), helping San Francisco beat Milwaukee for the first time in five games this season.

Rueter (3-1) allowed all three hits and an unearned run in 6 2-3 innings, striking out five and walking one. John Johnstone and Robb Nen finished with hitless relief, with Nen getting three straight outs for his third save in three chances.

Wagner gave up both runs and four hits in seven innings, struck out six and walked three. He allowed just one hit in the first four innings, a first-inning single by Mueller.

Rueter didn’t give up a hit until Jose Valentin’s single in the fifth and didn’t allow a runner past first base until the seventh, when Jeromy Burnitz singled and Marquis Grissom’s two-out single to right was mishandled by Benard, allowing the run to score.

Grissom reached third on the error, but Marc Newfield hit an inning-ending grounder off Johnstone.

San Francisco took a 2-0 lead in the fifth when Rey Sanchez singled, Rueter sacrificed, Benard hit a run-scoring single and Mueller followed with an RBI double.

Notes: The game was played with just three umpires. Kerwin Danley, scheduled to be at first, missed the game because of an illness in his family. ... Giants pitcher Osvaldo Fernandez plans to seek a second opinion on his injured right elbow. Fernandez has been sidelined since spring training training and felt discomfort while throwing in the bullpen Friday. ... The Giants purchased contract of infielder Jeff Ball from Triple-A Fresno and optioned right-hander Russ Ortiz to Fresno. ... Fifty-seven of Rueter’s 87 pitches were strikes.

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