Johnson Powers Braves to First Place in NL East

(AP) - Kelly Johnson started the day with a home run against Tom Glavine and finished off the New York Mets with another homer off Aaron Heilman.

Johnson homered on the first pitch of the game, then hit a tiebreaking, three-run drive in the eighth inning to send the Atlanta Braves to a 9-6 victory Sunday afternoon.

A sellout crowd of 55,671 came out on a sunny spring afternoon to watch Glavine face John Smoltz, his golfing buddy and former teammate.

Jose Reyes' three-run triple in the sixth put Glavine and the Mets ahead, but Edgar Renteria erased a 6-3 deficit in the seventh with a three-run homer off Scott Schoeneweis.

Jeff Francoeur reached leading off the eighth when second baseman Jose Valentin was handcuffed by a ball hit straight at him.

He let it get past him for an error that would make all the runs in the inning unearned. Heilman (1-2) hit Craig Wilson with a pitch and, with two outs, Johnson homered into the right-field bullpen.

It was the first career multihomer game for Johnson, who struck out four times yesterday against Oliver Perez.

Ex-Met Tyler Yates (1-0) pitched a perfect seventh, Rafael Soriano retired Paul Lo Duca on a flyout with two on to end the eighth and Bob Wickman got three outs for his sixth save in six chances, his 24th in 25 opportunities since the Braves acquired him last summer.

Wickman retired Shawn Green on a grounder with two on to end it.