Chris Johnson hit a three-run homer in the 10th inning and Atlanta beat the Mets, 4-1, Wednesday in New York after Braves outfielder Jason Heyward sustained two fractures when he was struck by a pitch in the right jaw. He’ll undergo surgery Thursday.
The Braves said that Heyward’s jaw was stabilized, and he was to return to Atlanta Wednesday night in advance of the operation. The team will announce how long Heyward will be sidelined after surgery is completed.
Atlanta got an RBI single from Freddie Freeman and another impressive start by rookie Alex Wood in splitting the two-game series for its 20th victory in 24 games. The Braves also benefited from a disputed call in the 10th.
Andrelton Simmons singled off Scott Atchison (3-2) with two outs and Freeman hit a two-strike grounder back toward the box that ticked off the bottom of Scott Rice’s glove and rolled behind him. The reliever retrieved the ball and fired to first, where Freeman was called safe.
Mets manager Terry Collins came out to argue with umpire Jerry Layne before Johnson launched a drive to left field on Greg Burke’s first big league pitch since he was recalled from the minors on Sunday.
Seconds after Johnson crossed the plate, Layne ejected New York second baseman Daniel Murphy. Collins came out for a more vehement argument this time, tossed his hat to the ground and also was thrown out by Layne.
Collins walked back to the dugout without retrieving his cap, leaving it there in the dirt by Layne’s feet. The crowd of 22,935 gave Layne a derisive cheer when he called a Mets runner safe in the bottom of the 10th.
Luis Avilan (5-0) pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth and Craig Kimbrel reached 40 saves for the third straight season. He has converted 30 chances in a row, extending his club record.
Heyward was struck by a 90-m.p.h. fastball from Jonathon Niese in the sixth. The impact made a loud noise, and the crowd groaned as Heyward crumpled to the ground.
He stayed down on his back for about three minutes before getting helped to his feet. Heyward walked slowly off the field under his own power, escorted by a trainer, and was replaced by Jordan Schafer.
Yankees 4, Blue Jays 2 — Alfonso Soriano hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer with two outs in the eighth inning, Ichiro Suzuki got his 4,000th hit between the major leagues and Japan, and the Yankees handed Toronto its 12th straight loss in New York.
Mariners 5, Athletics 3 — Brendan Ryan hit a two-run double in the sixth and added an RBI single in the eighth to help visiting Seattle beat Oakland.
Cardinals 8, Brewers 6 — Carlos Beltran and Allen Craig hit towering home runs in a six-run second inning, and St. Louis held off host Milwaukee.
Padres 2, Pirates 1 — Ian Kennedy pitched seven strong innings, combining with two relievers on a four-hitter, and Yonder Alonso drove in two runs as host San Diego edged Pittsburgh to avoid a three-game sweep.
Dodgers 4, Marlins 1 — Zack Greinke allowed one run in eight innings to win his fourth start in a row, and visiting Los Angeles took advantage of sloppy defense by Miami for the second consecutive night.
Indians 3, Angels 1 — Justin Masterson pitched effectively into the seventh inning, Nick Swisher hit a two-run homer, and visiting Cleveland completed a three-game sweep of Los Angeles.
Tigers 7, Twins 1 — Torii Hunter hit a go-ahead, two-run double in the seventh inning and scored from second base on a passed ball to help host Detroit beat Minnesota.
Phillies 4, Rockies 3 — Michael Young hit the winning single with one out in the ninth inning after Carlos Ruiz tied the game with a double, pushing host Philadelphia past Colorado.
Reds 10, Diamondbacks 7 — Shin-Soo Choo went 4 for 5 with a homer and three RBIs to spark Cincinnati’s offensive outburst in a win over visiting Arizona.
White Sox 5, Royals 2 — Dayan Viciedo hit his second career grand slam to highlight a five-run inning, and Andre Rienzo picked up his first career win for Chicago by shutting down host Kansas City.
Rangers 5, Astros 4 — Elvis Andrus hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning to score pinch runner Adam Rosales and give host Texas its major league-leading 40th comeback win of the season.
Nationals 11, Cubs 6 — Jayson Werth and Scott Hairston hit three-run homers to lift visiting Washington over Chicago.