ATLANTA — David Ross homered and drove in four runs, Chipper Jones also connected and the Atlanta Braves survived a crisis at shortstop to beat the New York Mets, 7-5, on Friday night. A Turner Field power outage in the second inning caused a delay of 16 minutes.
The Braves started the day thin at shortstop. They chose to wait to replace rookie Andrelton Simmons, who broke his right little finger Sunday and will be out at least a month. Atlanta then lost shortstop Jack Wilson with another pinkie injury.
Wilson dislocated the middle joint of his right little finger sliding while chasing a grounder in the fourth inning. Wilson's exit forced Martin Prado, the starter in left field, to play shortstop for the first time in four years.
The Braves said X-rays on Wilson were negative and he is day to day.
Jones hit his 49th career homer against the Mets in the sixth off Josh Edgin, making his major league debut.
Cristhian Martinez (4-1) pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the fifth. He gave up one walk with two strikeouts in one inning.
Craig Kimbrel earned his NL-leading 26th save with three strikeouts in the ninth.
Mets pitchers issued a season-high 11 walks.
Ross also had three of those walks, including a bases-loaded pass from Chris Young in the first inning.
Ross filled at catcher with Brian McCann on paternity leave. McCann's wife, Ashley, delivered the couple's first child, a son, Friday.
Young (2-3) gave up five runs on six hits and three walks in three innings. His three walks came in the first inning, setting an ugly pace.
Ross hit a three-run homer off Young in the third, driving in Jones and Freddie Freeman. The homer gave the Braves a 5-0 lead, but the Mets scored four runs in the fourth to knock Tim Hudson out of the game.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis had a two-run single, Scott Hairston drove in a run with a double and Ruben Tejada added a run-scoring single.
Jones' homer left him tied with Mike Schmidt for second place on the career list for most RBIs by third basemen at 1,595. George Brett is first (1,596). Jones has a 14-game hitting streak.