Rookie Tyler Pastornicky highlighted a five-run second inning with a two-run double and the Atlanta Braves snapped their skid against the New York Mets with a 9-3 victory Tuesday night at Turner Field.
Atlanta starter Randall Delgado (2-0) pitched in and out of trouble while allowing three runs on seven hits and three walks in 5 1/3 innings.
The Braves had dropped five in a row to their NL East rivals, including the opener of this three-game set on Monday -- a 6-1 setback that halted Atlanta's winning streak at five games.
The Mets posted a season-opening three-game sweep at Citi Field and also took the final meeting of 2011. But the Braves roughed up Johan Santana (0-2) in the shortest outing of his career.
Santana was tagged for six runs -- four earned -- on four hits and one walk. The left-hander threw 55 pitches (35 for strikes) and recorded only four outs.