Rookie pitching sensation Fernando Valenzuela of the Los Angeles Dodgers scattered seven hits en route to his fourth shutout and fifth straight complete-game victory, a 5-0 decision over the San Francisco Giants in Los Angeles.
Valenzuela, who also had three hits and drove in the Dodgers' first run, extended his scoreless innings streak to 28 1/3 and dropped his ERA to 0.20. The Giants, the only team to score against Valenzuela this season, had at least one runner on base in each of the first six innings, but the 20-year-old Mexican left-hander used his screwball to get out of trouble.He walked four and struck out seven.
Valenzuela, pitching before a crowd of 49,478, collected the first hit off loser Tom Griffin (1-2) in the third inning but was later thrown out at the plate attempting to score on Ken Landreaux's single.
In the fourth inning, after Mike Scioscia and Bill Russell singled, Valenzuela drove in Scioscia with a single to right. Dave Lopes followed with a single to score Russell and Valenzuela came home on Landreaux's single.
Valenzuela added his third hit in the sixth inning to raise his batting average to .438.