Delgado working out kinks in Braves loss

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Freddie Gonzalez is waiting

for the Braves to break out for a big inning.

They

got the hits Friday, not the results.

Martin Prado

had two doubles among his three hits and Jason Heyward had two hits for

an Atlanta split squad in a 5-3 loss to the New York Mets on

Friday.

Dan Uggla and Brian McCann each had an RBI

for the Braves. Combined with their other split squad losing to the New

York Yankees, Atlanta is 1-7 this spring.

“We’ve been

getting on base,” the Braves manager said. “Now we just need to put a

crooked number up. We keep putting those ones up and we need to put up a

two- or a three-spot. That’ll come. I’m not

worried.”

The Braves did get a boost from Chipper

Jones, who returned to the Braves’ lineup after missing the last five

games with stiffness in his thighs. Jones called Gonzalez Thursday night

at 8:30 p.m. — after the manager had gone to bed — to inform him that

he felt he was ready to play.

Jones went 0 for 2

with a walk but looked good defensively and reported no problems

physically.

Braves starter Randall Delgado, competing

for Atlanta’s last rotation spot, allowed two runs and three hits in

three innings in his second start of the spring. In his first start, he

gave up four runs in one inning.

“That’s a good sign

when you can see a kid respond through a little bit of adversity,”

Gonzalez said. “I thought he was good. Even though he got himself in

some trouble there. He was missing down, and when you’re missing down

that’s a good sign.”

New York right-hander Dillon

Gee, who entered spring training in the Mets’ rotation after last year’s

impressive rookie campaign, allowed two runs and five hits in three

innings.

He threw mostly cutters while focusing on

getting inside of left-handers, which the Braves have five of including

switch-hitters.

“That was the main goal, work the

cutter inside of lefties and get that location down,” said Gee, who

allowed one run in two innings in his first spring start on March

5.

Gee felt like he wore down through 2011, so he’s

hoping a full spring in the Mets’ rotation will be good for his

body.

“I felt OK,” he said. “I think I’m still

getting adjusted to sitting down and going back out, sitting down and

going back out. It would take m a few throws to feel like I was loose

again. But other than that I felt alright.”

Ronny

Cedeno put the Mets up early with a two-run single, and Matt Den Dekker

broke a 3-all tie with a two-run double in the eighth

inning.

NOTES: Atlanta closer

Craig Kimbrel pitched a scoreless, hitless seventh inning. . Friday was

the first of five meetings between the Braves and Mets this spring. .

The Mets have a 3.05 ERA so far this spring.