Braves left fielder Reed Johnson, back, celebrates after Jason Heyward makes a diving catch for the final out of Monday's win.
NEW YORK -- Reed Johnson’s pinch-hit, RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning Monday night capped a two-run rally and lifted the Atlanta Braves to a 2-1 win over the New York Mets at Citi Field.
The Braves were no-hit through six innings by Dillon Gee and had just three hits before they strung together three hits in the ninth off Mets closer Bobby Parnell (5-5).
Brian McCann led off the ninth with a single, and pinch runner Jose Constanza went to second on Evan Gattis’ single. Constanza was forced at third on Dan Uggla’s fielder’s choice grounder, but Gattis and Uggla advanced a base on a passed ball charged to Mets catcher John Buck.
Chris Johnson’s grounder to short scored Gattis. Johnson, pinch-hitting for winning pitcher Jordan Walden (4-1), hit a 1-1 pitch to center to score Uggla.
Craig Kimbrel hit Buck with a pitch with one out in the ninth and issued a two-out walk to Omar Quintanilla. However, he earned his 28th save after Jason Heyward made a diving catch of Justin Turner’s sinking liner to left-center.
The Braves’ late comeback spared Julio Teheran the hard-luck loss. Teheran gave up one run on four hits and two walks while striking out six over six innings.
Ike Davis had an RBI single in the first for the Mets, who had runners at first and second and one out in the eighth but failed to tack on a run when David Wright struck out and cleanup batter Marlon Byrd flied out to right.
Gee was in line to earn the win after he battled out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh that began when Freddie Freeman broke up the no-hitter with a leadoff single. Gee allowed two hits and three walks while striking out three over seven innings.
A knowing and hopeful roar went up from the announced crowd of 25,111 when Quintanilla ranged to his left for Justin Upton’s grounder and threw the batter out by a step to end the sixth.
Gee, who went to two three-ball counts in the sixth, opened the seventh by falling behind 2-0 on Freeman, who hit the next pitch up the middle for a clean single.
Gee grimaced as the crowd gave him a hearty ovation. It was the second time in five weeks that Gee was vanquished by Freeman in pursuit of a career first. Gee was two outs away from his first shutout on June 17 when Freeman hit a game-winning, two-run homer to give the Braves a 2-1 victory.
On Monday, Freeman stole second as McCann struck out, after which Gattis singled and Uggla was hit by a pitch to load the bases.
Gee got out of trouble by getting Chris Johnson to ground to Wright, who threw home to force Freeman, and by striking out pinch hitter Joey Terdoslavich on three pitches. Gee pumped his right fist as he raced off the mound.
The Mets took the lead in the fourth when Upton tried to make a sliding catch of Byrd’s sinking liner and allowed it to skip past him all the way to the wall for a triple. Byrd scored when Davis singled to right on Teheran’s next pitch.
NOTES: The Braves placed LHP Paul Maholm on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Sunday, with a left wrist contusion. Maholm originally suffered the injury in his start against the Marlins on July 10 and aggravated it Saturday against the White Sox. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said he hopes Maholm will be back when first eligible. LHP Alex Wood will start in Maholm’s spot Thursday against the Mets. … Heyward returned to the Braves’ lineup after missing the last six games, dating back to July 11, with a strained right hamstring. With B.J. Upton still on the disabled list, Heyward started in center field instead of his usual right field. … Prior to the game, the Mets activated Turner from the 15-day DL and optioned RHP Greg Burke to Triple-A Las Vegas. … The Mets won’t decide whether they will use a spot starter on Thursday or Friday until RHP Zack Wheeler throws his bullpen session Tuesday. Wheeler is scheduled to pitch Thursday, but if he needs to be pushed back a day, the Mets would add a starter -- likely activating RHP Jenrry Mejia from the DL -- and start Wheeler and RHP Matt Harvey in Friday’s doubleheader at Washington. If Wheeler pitches Thursday, the spot starter would pitch Friday.