Medlen Streak Ends; Lee, Phillies Shut Out Braves 2-0

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Cliff Lee shut down the Braves offense, allowing only two hits in eight innings.

The streak was fun while it lasted.

Atlanta's run of 23 straight wins in Kris Medlen starts came to an official end at the hands of Cliff Lee and the Phillies. Lee held the Braves to two hits over eight innings and shut out the Braves 2-0, denying them a sweep.

Medlen struggled early in the cold 40-degree weather. He issued four walks in his five innings, something he hadn't done in a start since 2009. Medlen averted a bases-loaded crisis in the first inning, but couldn't do so in the second. With Laynce Nix and Erik Kratz already on base, Medlen walked the pitcher Lee to fill the bases with Phillies for Ben Revere. The center fielder's ground ball to short forcing Lee at second pushed across the first run of the game. After a walk to Jimmy Rollins to reload the bases, Chase Utley brought home Kratz with a sacrifice fly to right.

Medlen settled down after that, allowing only two more hits over the next three innings, completing his outing with a perfect fifth, but the two runs was more than enough for Cliff Lee. He stayed true to form, not walking a single hitter while striking out eight, and only allowed singles to Dan Uggla and Justin Upton. Jonathan Papelbon struck out two in the ninth for the save.

Atlanta's bullpen held the Phillies offense to just two hits over the final four innings.

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