ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves sent Evan Gattis to the minor leagues last weekend to get him the additional at-bats needed to restore his timing. It looks like the move worked.
Gattis was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett on Tuesday, then went 3-for-3 and hit a game-tying solo home run in the seventh inning to spark a three-run outburst and help the Braves beat the New York Mets 3-1.
"I was just looking for a good pitch to hit," Gattis said. "It was nothing mechanical. It was nothing more than getting ready to hit."
Tuesday's win trimmed Atlanta's magic number in the NL East to 10 games.
"He went down there and took it the right way," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "He worked on his swing, got 13 at-bats, and it worked. That's a big bat."
The Braves trailed 1-0 in the seventh and had trouble solving New York starter Carlos Torres (3-3), who did not allow a runner past second base through the first six innings. But after striking out Chris Johnson, Torres surrendered a line-drive homer to Gattis, his 16th of the year and first since July 24, that tied the game. Dan Uggla worked a walk and Andrelton Simmons followed with his 13th home run to put the Braves ahead to stay.
"They can all hit home runs," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "They can score quick and fast."
Gattis had been 0-for-17 when he was sent to Gwinnett. He went 6-for-13 in Triple-A and came out swinging upon his return. His three hits matched a career high and ended a homerless streak of 70 at-bats.
"It's been a while since I had a home run," Gattis said. "Been a while since I had a multi-hit game."
Simmons won the game with his longest homer of the season.
"I caught all of it," he said. "It was nice to hit it that far for once."
Atlanta starter Kris Medlen (12-12) allowed only one run in seven innings. He scattered seven hits and struck out nine.
"I thought he was outstanding," Gonzalez said. "I thought it was going to be a hard, tough loss, because we hadn't had many good swings off Torres. He had us off balance all night."
Medlen said, "For the most part, the way the offense is going, I was just trying to hang in there. I was trying to keep it at 0-0."
Craig Kimbrel pitched a scoreless ninth, striking out two, for his league-leading 44th save, the 34th consecutive time he's converted a save opportunity.
"He's almost automatic for us," Medlen said.
The Mets got their only run in the sixth inning. With one out, Eric Young Jr. tripled off the left-field wall and scored on Daniel Murphy's double to right. That was not enough support for Torres, who gave up three runs on seven hits and struck out six over seven innings, his longest appearance of the year.
"He threw the ball over the plate, changed speeds, moved it around ... I thought he pitched very well," Collins said. "They're dangerous and you can't make any mistakes."
The Mets had the tying runs on base in the eighth inning, but reliever Luis Ayala got rookie Travis d'Arnaud to end the inning with a popup.
There were few scoring opportunities through the first five innings.
Young singled on the first pitch of the game and advanced to third on back-to-back infield outs. But he stayed there when Lucas Duda struck out.
Duda had a two-out double in the fourth inning, but failed to advance when d'Arnaud struck out.
The Braves had their best chance in the second inning. Gattis got a one-out single and went to second on a wild pitch, but he was stranded there when Uggla struck out and Simmons flew out to right.
NOTES: The Braves sent minor-league catcher Matt Pagnozzi to Houston for cash. Pagnozzi hit .201 with six homers in 90 games at Triple-A Gwinnett in 2013. ... Gattis was sent to Gwinnett on Saturday and went 6-for-13 with three doubles and a home run in three games there. ... The Mets recalled LHP Robert Carson and RHP Greg Burke from Triple-A Las Vegas.