Reed Johnson's previous success against Johan Santana – 16-for-31 with two homers — assured he'd have a spot in Saturday's lineup against the Mets left-hander. But this time, Fredi Gonzalez wasn't going to bench suddenly hot-hitting Dan Uggla to make it happen.

Uggla got a rest Monday when the Braves faced Phillies lefty Cole Hamels, whom he'd struggled against. In that game, Johnson played left field and Martin Prado moved to second base.