Jose Valentin has been around long enough to know perseverance pays off.
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.