But St. Louis got to Valenzuela again in the second inning. Valenzuela didn't walk anybody this time, but he still wasn't effective. The Cardinal rally began when Tom Brunansky hit a hard grounder that Guerrero gloved behind third base. Guerrero, planted in foul territory, threw several feet wide of Marshall at first base, enabling Brunansky to take second on the error.
Brunansky then went to third on Tony Pena's groundout and scored on a fielder's choice bunt by rookie second baseman Luis Alicea. Brunansky was not running on the pitch, but he was near home plate when the bunt was laid down. Valenzuela fielded the ball and, with the ball still in his glove, flipped it to Scioscia. Brunansky, wisely avoiding a collision at the plate, reached around and tagged the plate with his left hand.
If it was any solace to Valenzuela, which it probably wasn't, the second-inning run was unearned, because of Guerrero's error.
Another Valenzuela walk, this time to Smith to open the third inning, began a 2-run rally for the Cardinals that gave them a 4-0 lead.
Reliever Jay Howell, who earned his second save Friday night, has yet to show any adverse effects from off-season surgery to remove bone chips from his right elbow. "He's been responding nicely from these outings," said Pat Screnar, the Dodgers' physical therapist. "There has not been a setback." Howell has made only five appearances because of strong showings by starters and four straight rainouts. He has not allowed a run in 5 innings and worked once on consecutive days--last Saturday and Sunday against San Francisco. "It's up to Tommy (Lasorda, the manager) and (Ron) Perranoski (the pitching coach) how they use him," Screnar said. "They obviously won't use him a lot back-to-back, because he hasn't pitched that much (only 9 innings in spring training). But he's certainly capable of doing it." . . . Center fielder John Shelby, eligible to come off the disabled list Wednesday, is progressing in his rehabilitation from a strained abdominal muscle sustained on April 18. But Screnar said he is not sure when Shelby, a switch-hitter, will be activated.
The first of pitcher Don Sutton's incentive bonuses kicks in today. As part of his agreement with the Dodgers, Sutton will earn an extra $25,000 for being on the roster on May 1. The next incentive bonus will come Monday, when Sutton is scheduled to make his fifth start of the season. He earns $5,000 for having five starts. . . .
Tim Leary (2-1) faces John Tudor (0-0) today at 1.