The start in the two-hole marked the first time Jones batted there since a seven-game stint from Sept. 8-16. His customary role as the No. 3 hitter has been recently filled by Freddie Freeman, who is making a strong case to remain in the spot going forward.
"I got kind of misty, I get to bat in the first inning, Jones said as he smiled and looked in Freeman's direction. "I kind of forgot what that feels like."
With Martin Prado given a chance to rest on Friday, Gonzalez also had the option of batting Jason Heyward second. But then each of the first four hitters in his lineup would have been left-handed.