Braves' homers back Medlen's strong outing

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Kris Medlen started off spring training just like he finished last season — putting up zeroes.

Medlen, who was 9-0 with a 0.97 ERA after moving to the rotation, pitched two scoreless innings Monday as the Braves defeated Miami 7-6 behind back-to-back homers by Jason Heyward and Justin Upton in the fourth inning.

Upton’s mammoth drive was one of the longest to left field ever at Champion Stadium.

Medlen allowed two hits, walked none and struck out two, throwing 13 of his 14 pitches for strikes. He was coming back from Tommy John surgery last spring and began the season in the bullpen.

Upton, acquired from Arizona over the winter, was 2-for-3 and drove in two runs. Heyward’s homer was his second in two days. He also went deep against the Pirates in Bradenton on Sunday.

B.J. Upton — Justin’s older brother — had a single, double and stolen base. Chris Johnson also had two hits.

It was the first Grapefruit League victory after three losses for the Braves, who host the Nationals on Tuesday.