Chris Johnson's three-run homer gives Braves a 4-1 win over New York

Mike McGinnis

Atlanta salvaged a split of this two-game series against the Mets thanks to a tenth-inning, three-run homer by Chris Johnson that put Atlanta up for good at 4-1.

Johnson's home run, his tenth of the season, wouldn't have been possible if it wasn't for the hustle of Freddie Freeman and an extremely favorable call at first base on the preceding play. Freeman bounded a ball off reliever Scott Rice's glove, and on the replay it looked like Rice's throw beat Freeman, but the first base umpire ruled him safe and the inning continued.

Both starters pitchers performed well, with Alex Wood giving up just one run and six hits over six innings while walking two and striking out four. He allowed his lone run on a solo homer by Josh Satin in the fourth inning. Jon Niese lasted seven innings, giving up five hits and one run while walking three and striking out nine Braves batters.

His only run allowed came in the sixth inning on a Freeman single that brought pinch-runner Jordan Schafer to tie the game at one. Schafer was pinch-running due to a scary injury to Jason Heyward that forced him to leave the game pitches earlier. A Niese fastball caught Heyward square on his right jaw, sending Heyward to the ground and causing him to spit blood as he slowly walked off the field.

According to the Braves and manager Fredi Gonzalez, Heyward is at the hospital getting x-rays, and there is no word yet as to the extent of his injuries.


Source: FanGraphs

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