Dodgers Explode For 14 Hits in 10-4 Win

After being held to five hits and a pair of runs in the season opener, Los Angeles spanked out 14 hits and scored 10 runs while smothering San Francisco 10-4. Lefty Odalis Perez, who missed much of spring training with tendinitis, worked five innings, allowing a single run to earn a win in his first start. Jose Valentin keyed the attack with three hits, including a three-run homer plus four RBI, and first baseman Olmedo Saenz had a pair of singles and a double, good for three runs batted in.

Jason Phillips chipped in with a single, a double and two runs batted in; Kent and rookie Jason Repko had a single and a double while playing all three outfield positions and Bradley doubled and tripled, knocking in a run. On his final trip to the plate he hit a long shot into right field that the Giants' fielder caught in the tip of his glove but it appeared that the ball bounced out, hit the foul pole and bounced back into the glove.

It not only took a hit away from Bradley, it denied Valentin one more trip to the plate, where a double would have given him the final piece of a cycle -- single, double, triple, homer.

He was helped by good defensive play by Valentin, right fielder JD Drew, centerfielder Milton Bradley and second baseman Jeff Kent in direct contrast to the opening day loss.

The storyline, aside from it being the Dodgers' first win of the season, was that starter Perez got some run support, giving credence to the old Irish saying, "The sun doesn't shine on the same dog all the time. Either the sun moves or the dog does."

Perez drew the least run support in the National League in 2004 and as a result had the most no-decisions, leaving him with only seven wins despite the lowest ERA on the Dodger starting staff. This night it was different.

Duaner Sanchez threw a pair of shutout innings and rookie Steve Schmoll worked a perfect 1-2-3 eighth.

Yhency Brazoban, designated stopper while Gagne overcomes a sprained elbow, took over in the ninth but gave up a two-run homer, Gold Glover Cesar Izturis made an error and a walk put two on base. A bloop hit scored a third run and Buddy Carlyle made his first appearance in four years and his first as a Dodger a memorable one with a strikeout and an easy grounder to second to end the game.

The Dodgers jumped out 2-0 in the second when Jeff Kent walked and with one out, Olmedo Saenz blooped a single behind first. Jason Phillips slugged his first hit in Dodger Blue, a long double to right-center that scored both runners and gave him three RBI on the miniscule season.

The Giants scored in the fourth when Perez gave up a walk and a single before ageless Marquis Grissom doubled to make it 2-1.

The Dodgers threatened in the fifth when Jose Valentin singled and Perez was safe on his sacrifice bunt that was thrown into center field and called an error. But Cesar Izturis bunted into a force at third, Jason Repko struck out and JD Drew flew softly to right field.

Eric Gagne was ejected from the Dodger bench in the last of the fifth while attempting to help the home plate umpire call pitches. He declined the offer of help and excused the disabled Dodger pitcher for the remainder of the cool San Francisco evening.

The Dodgers greeted --- Walker, who relieved Kirt Reuter in the sixth, with a single by Kent, a booming triple to center by Milton Bradley and a single to center by Saenz to take a 4-1 lead. Valentin, who booted in the winning run in the eighth the day before, slugged a shot into the left field stands and L.A. moved into a comfortable 7-1 lead.

Izturis lived on an error and Repko lined a ball down the left field line for his first major league hit -- a double -- and what seemed to be his first run batted in. However, Izturis missed third and was called out on appeal, deleting Repko's ribbie.

Saenz's two-run double and a run-scoring triple by Valentin in the seventh ran the tally to 10-1.


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