Braves Win Medlen's 21st Start In A Row, Blank Marlins 3-0

Sheer dominance.

In what is becoming a rather common occurance, Kris Medlen hurled 8 more shutout innings as the Braves won his 21st start in a row. I'm fast running out of superlatives to describe Medlen's pitching, but he was once again dominant, displaying pinpoint control and combining it with phenomenal pitch selection. Atlanta's offense gave Medlen 3 early runs and that would be all he needed, as he coasted through 8 innings en route to his 9th win of the year.

Michael Bourn, who's been in a bad cold slump of late, led off the game against Josh Johnson with a double. Martin Prado sacrificed him over to second, and Jason Heyward brought Bourn home with a deep fly to center field - a ball that was probably a home run at Turner Field.

Atlanta tacked on a second run in the second with some good baserunning. Dan Uggla drew a one out walk and stole second base when Brian McCann struck out for the second out of the inning. That brought up (hip hip!) Jose Constanza, who drove in Uggla with a single into center field.

Atlanta added one final run in the 3rd inning. Martin Prado led off with a walk, and moved to 3rd on Chipper Jones' single. Freddie Freeman drove him in with a sacrifice fly to make the score 3-0. It was more than enough for Medlen.

Josh Johnson didn't pitch poorly, but clearly didn't have his best stuff. Ozzie Guillen pulled him after 6 innings, haven given up those 3 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks. He also struck out 5.

Craig Kimbrel came in for the ninth inning and was a little off his game. He allowed a leadoff single to Jose Reyes, then hit Rob Brantly with one out, but - in true Kimbrel fashion - was able to escape with no harm done. The save was Kimbrel's 38th of the year.

Atlanta has an off day tomorrow before heading to Philadelphia for 3 games.

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