Los Angeles (1-1) at San Francisco (1-1)

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  • Game info: 10:15 pm EDT Thu Apr 7, 2005
  • TV: FSN2, KTVU
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Jose Valentin has been around long enough to know perseverance pays off.

The veteran infielder will look to pick up where he left off on Wednesday when the Los Angeles Dodgers conclude their season-opening series with the San Francisco Giants.

After being shut down by Giants right-hander Jason Schmidt in a 4-2 loss on Tuesday, the Dodgers got their bats going Wednesday as newcomers Jason Phillips and Valentin combined to go 5-for-9 with six RBIs in Los Angeles’ 10-4 win.

Valentin, an 11-year veteran, made up for a costly error in Tuesday’s game, which allowed the Giants to plate the go-ahead run, by going 3-for-4 with a three-run homer and RBI triple in Wednesday’s rout.

He said players last as long as he has in the major by having a short memory.

“I’ve been through a lot of hard times in my career, and that was just another one,” said Valentin, who signed with Los Angeles in December after hitting a career-high 30 homers for the Chicago White Sox. “If I’m in a situation like that again, I’m going to come right back again.”

The Dodgers ended a string of eight straight scoreless innings when Phillips, acquired in a spring training trade from the New York Mets, hit a two-run double in the second inning.

San Francisco received a two-run homer from Mike Matheny—his first as a Giant—in the bottom of the ninth.

Manager Felipe Alou will be back in the dugout Thursday after serving a one-game suspension for an incident last season in which Dustin Hermanson hit Jeff Kent, then with the Houston Astros, with a pitch. Alou was allowed to manage on opening day.

The manager’s son, outfielder Moises Alou, left Wednesday’s game in the fifth inning with tightness in his right calf.

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