It wasn’t as dramatic as Kirk Gibson’s 12th-inning, game-winning home run in Game 4 of last year’s National League championship series, but John Shelby will take it.
Shelby hit a two-run homer with one out in the bottom of the 13th inning Monday to give the Dodgers a 5-3 exhibition victory over the new York Mets.
It was Shelby’s second homer of the spring and his second hit of the game.
It hasn’t been a good spring for Shelby, whose batting average had dipped to .174. But he said he has been more concerned with working on his timing and batting stroke than hitting for average.
“It was nice to get this homer, but the spring hasn’t been frustrating for me at all,” Shelby said. “I’m down here in a position where I can work on some things and that’s what I’ve been doing.
“In the past, I’ve had to fight for a job every spring. Now I have a job and I’m in a situation where I can work on things and I’m taking advantage of it.
“The work I’ve been doing may not show up in the statistics, but I’m not worrying about that right now. It’s going to pay off during the regular season.”
Shelby’s homer came off Jack Savage (0-2) after a single by Chris Gwynn.
Rookie left-hander Mike Munoz, who blanded the Mets on one hit over the final two innings, was the winner.
Gwynn went 3 for 6 to lead the Dodgers’ 12-hit attack, while rookie outfielder Mark Griffin had three hits in his first spring start.
Eddie Murray had two hits.
Gregg Jeffries and Mackey Sasser had two hits each for the Mets, who had only eight hits off five Dodger pitchers.
David Cone was the Mets’ starter, and he pitched six strong innings, allowing the Dodgers two runs on six hits while walking three and striking out four.
Dodger rookie Ramon Martinez allowed the Mets two runs in his five innings on the mound, giving up three hits and striking out one.
In a split-squad game Monday at West Palm Beach, Mike Davis had a two-run homer and a double in a 10-4 loss to the Atlanta Braves.
The Braves had 17 hits, including four each by Jeff Treadway and Andres Thomas.
Treadway, acquired for a reported $50,000 Saturday from the Cincinnati Reds, is now 5 of 6 for the Braves.
Treadway, a second baseman, had an RBI single in a five-run fourth inning off loser William Brennan (0-1) as the Braves sent 10 men to the plate and had six consecutive singles.
Kirk Gibson, who came up with a sore right shoulder following his second spring game Sunday, participated in a limited workout Monday.
Gibson did not swing a bat, but ran and shagged fly balls. He was re-examined by team physician Dr. Frank Jobe, who said he still believes the injury is not serious.
The Dodgers announced they have traded minor league catcher Gilberto Reyes to Montreal in order to retain the rights to right-hander Brian Fischer.
The Dodgers had selected Fischer off Montreal’s triple-A roster in the major league draft last December. If Fischer had not made the opening-day roster, the Dodgers would have had to offer him back to Montreal for half the drafting price of $50,000.