Scott Van Slyke gave his mother Lauri a pretty nice Mother’s Day present on Sunday.

With Lauri and husband Andy watching from the seats in Dodger Stadium, Scott hit his third career major-league homer and later added an RBI single to help the Dodger to a 5-3 win over the Miami Marlins.

The younger Van Slyke, a native of St. Louis who played at John Burroughs High School before being drafted by the Dodgers, was promoted from Triple A Albuquerque on Friday and was making his first start of the year on Sunday in place of first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, who has been dealing with a sore neck.

Van Slyke had played 27 games for the Dodgers last season, hitting .167 with two homers, but had been one of the hottest hitters in the Pacific Coast League this season with a .397 average, nine homers and 30 RBI when he was promoted.

Van Slyke’s homer Sunday came leading off the second inning, and he thought immediately about his mother sitting in the stands.

“I was just smiling around the bases, because the first thing that came to mind was Mother's Day, and she got to see a home run," Van Slyke told reporters. “It was pretty fun."

Van Slyke later added an RBI single and also made a nice defensive play, leaning into the stands to catch a foul ball.

Van Slyke said even though he has only been with the team for three days, he feels much more relaxed than when he was playing his first major-league games last year.

"I think last year I was trying to prove too much in such a short time," he said. "This year, I'm playing the way I know how to play."

Van Slyke was interviewed on the Dodgers’ post-game television show on the field and it was broadcast over the Dodger Stadium Jumbrotron, when he delivered another message to his mother.

"Mom I love you, Happy Mother’s Day," he said, and also added another Mother’s Day wish to his wife Audrey, also in the stands. The couple has a son Jackson, who will turn one year old in June.

Van Slyke pretty much pleased all of the women in his life on Sunday. Writing on Facebook, his grandmother, Evelyne Griffiths posted a message, “I asked Scott to hit one for grandma and by golly he did.”