After watching teammate Mike Minor pitch a complete-game gem and lose Sunday at Chicago, it looked as if the Braves’ Julio Teheran might endure a similar fate Monday night against the Mets.
Teheran pitched six crisp innings, but the Braves’ defense failed him a couple of times, and the offense did, too.
Until the ninth inning.
Johnson & Johnson came through big time in the top of the ninth, and Jason Heyward followed with a spectacular game-ending catch in the bottom of the inning for a stirring, 2-1 Braves win to open a four-game series at Citi Field.
“That,” catcher Brian McCann said, “was great.”
After loading the bases with one out in the seventh and failing to score, and getting a leadoff single in the eighth without scoring, the Braves broke through in the ninth, getting an RBI groundout from Chris Johnson and a two-out, pinch-hit RBI single by Reed Johnson for a 2-1 lead.
That set the stage for Heyward.
Craig Kimbrel hit John Buck with a pitch with one out in the ninth...