Tuesday, August 13, 2013
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Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Kris Medlen (54) pitches in the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Turner Field on Tuesday. (Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports)
ATLANTA — Kris Medlen allowed one run over seven innings and won his fourth consecutive start as the Atlanta Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-1 Tuesday.
Medlen (10-10) struck out five while allowing five hits and one walk. At one point, he retired 15 batters in a row. The right-hander also knocked in the game’s first run with his second double of the year, giving Atlanta a lead it never relinquished.
Ethan Martin (1-2) allowed three runs over five innings and lost to the Braves for the second time. It was the first appearance at Turner Field for the Georgia-born pitcher. Martin matched his career high with six strikeouts.
Medlen got in a mess to start the game. The Phillies loaded the bases with two outs in the first inning, but he escaped when second baseman Tyler Pastornicky jumped high to grab Cody Asche’s line drive and end the threat.
Medlen didn’t allow another base runner until Chase Utley doubled in the sixth. He was removed in favor of reliever David Carpenter after walking Erik Kratz to lead off the eighth.
Carpenter finished the scoreless inning thanks to a sliding catch by center fielder Jordan Schafer and a double play. Closer Craig Kimbrel pitched a scoreless ninth for his 37th save.
The Braves scored a run in the second inning with two outs when Medlen slapped a double over the head of right fielder Darin Ruf, enabling Pastornicky to score from first base.
Atlanta made the score 3-0 in the third inning on a two-run homer by Chris Johnson, his ninth. Justin Upton led off the inning with a double and scored ahead of Johnson, whose two-out fly ball hit the top of the fence in left-center field and bounced into the stands.
The Phillies added a run in the sixth to make it 3-1. Utley doubled into the right-field corner and scored when Domonic Brown singled to center. Brown tried to stretch the hit into a double but was easily thrown out by Schafer.
Notes: The Braves placed 2B Dan Uggla on the 15-day disabled list and recalled Pastornicky from Triple-A Gwinnett. Uggla has been complaining about vision problems and will have Lasik eye surgery. … Atlanta LHP Paul Maholm (sprained forearm) will throw six innings or 90 pitches in a rehab appearance with Class A Rome on Saturday. He could be activated next week. … The Braves had a moment of silence in memory of Ronald Lee Homer Jr., the fan who died after falling more than 60 feet at Turner Field on Monday night.