Game One of the "Jason Heyward Bats Second" is in the books, but the end result could've been better.
Dillon Gee outlasted Tommy Hanson, tossing 5.2 innings and allowing only one run in spoiling the Braves' chances at sweeping the series. Gee was starting for Chris Young, who had been placed on the DL with biceps tendinitis.
The game didn't start out so well for Hanson. Jose Reyes led off the game with a double and scored on a Josh Thole single. He struck out David Wright, but hit Carlos Beltran with a pitch and surrendered a single to Ike Davis, scoring Thole.
The Braves would break through to Gee in the second. Dan Uggla led off the inning with a triple; then after Eric Hinske walked on four pitches, Freddie Freeman extended his hitting streak to nine games with an RBI single to score Uggla. They were able to load the bases with one out after Alex Gonzalez hit a bloop single, but Tommy Hanson failed to execute a squeeze bunt and the Mets caught Hinske in a rundown, squashing the rally.
In the fifth, the combination of Reyes and Thole struck again. Reyes led off with a single and soon stole second, his sixth stolen base of the season. Thole then drove him in with a single to center to increase their lead to 3-1. The Mets blew an opportunity to score in the sixth against reliever George Sherrill: Ike Davis led off with his fourth double of the season, but when Angel Pagan tried to lay down a sacrifice bunt, he popped it up to Sherrill and Davis was picked off second.
After Gee left the game with two outs in the sixth, Chris Capuano and R.A. Dickey kept the Braves offense at bay until the eighth. Leading off, Jason Heyward hit the first pitch he saw from Jason Isringhausen for a home run. Brian McCann followed with a walk, but with one out, he committed a costly base-running error in getting picked off first and ending the rally.
The Braves threatened to tie the game in the ninth. Chipper Jones walked to start the inning against Francisco Rodriguez and was at third with two outs, but Brooks Conrad struck out swinging to end the game.
The Mets snapped their seven-game losing streak with the win.
Tommy Hanson took his third loss of the season, but if there was anything to take away from his start, he logged nine strikeouts in five innings.
Braves pinch-hitters are still hitless: 0 for 23.
The Braves finish the home stand 4-5 and begin a 10-game road trip Monday.