SAN FRANCISCO (Ticker) --
's troubles against the
continued, guaranteeing the
San Francisco Giants
their first losing month in nearly three years.
J.D. Drew homered, drove in a pair of runs and scored three times and
had three RBI as the Braves routed the Giants, 12-3.
Winless in his previous five starts against Atlanta, Rueter (0-3) struggled again, allowing five runs and nine hits in 4 1/3 innings. The veteran lefthander has not beaten the Braves since September 11, 1999 and fell to 3-8 lifetime against them.
"No excuses or explanations," Rueter said. "I made some bad pitches in the wrong spots and it cost me."
Leading off the second inning Drew started the scoring onslaught, with his third homer of the season, then gave the Braves a 2-1 lead with an RBI single in the third. One out later that inning, Estrada increased the advantage to 4-1 with a two-run shot to left field.
San Francisco pulled within 5-3 in the eighth on
's run-scoring single. But A.J. Pierzynski killed a rally when he was called for interference on a play at second, resulting in an inning-ending double play.
The Braves put away the game with seven runs in the ninth, dropping San Francisco to 0-12 when trailing after eight innings.
posted his eighth multi-hit game with three doubles, doubling his season total.
(2-1) was effective, yielding two runs and eight hits in 6 2/3 innings, his longest outing since 2000.
"To pitch into the seventh inning felt great," Wright said. "Here, my idea was to let them hit it. Coming off last week, this is one of my better starts."
"He had his sinker working, almost exclusively," Braves manager
said. "He hit his spots, was efficient and that was enough."
had three hits for the Giants, who fell to 8-13, ensuring their first losing month since May 2001.
"I get discouraged sometimes, but I've learned to keep my emotions in," Giants manager
was hitless in two at-bats but walked twice to raise his season total to 46. He has reached base safely in 17 of his last 22 plate appearances and all 19 games he has played this season.