One night after dropping both ends of Tuesday's day-night doubleheader, Atlanta used some timely hitting and a solid performance from Kris Medlen to get back on the winning track by topping the Mets 5-3.
After 3.5 scoreless innings to start the game, the Braves got things going against Shaun Marcum in the bottom of the fourth thanks to back-to-back two-out singles from B.J. Upton and Dan Uggla. That brought up Chris Johnson, who picked a great time to hit his first homerun in over a month, a shot into the left field stands that gave the Braves an early 3-0 lead.
As has been a trend in recent games, Atlanta gave that lead right back in the top of the fifth. Marlon Byrd led off with a single, then Medlen hit Lucas Duda with a pitch to bring up John Buck with runners on first and second. Buck hit one back to the mound that Medlen fielded, then errantly threw to third base, allowing both runners to score and got Buck to second base. Kirk Niuewenhuis followed with a single that plated Buck and tied things at three.
The Braves got the lead back in the bottom of the frame and chased Marcum in the process. Jordan Schafer lined a double to right to start the inning, and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Andrelton Simmons. With a shift on Brian McCann at the plate, Schafer took a bigger secondary lead on third and was able to dash in ahead of the tag on a wild pitch to score and give Atlanta a 4-3 lead.
Schafer continued his good play with that heads up base-running along with two good catches in the outfield.
After McCann walked, B.J. Upton lined a double into right center that plated Freddie Freeman to end the scoring at 5-3. B.J.'s swing continues to look better and better, and he had a great night at the plate with two hits and a walk.
Outside of his error, Medlen was impressive on the mound. The right-handed allowed six hits and the three runs (one earned) while walking none and striking out seven before leaving after allowing a single to start the eighth inning. Medlen threw 105 piches; recording 12 whiffs including five on his four-seam fastball.
One last thing worth noting is Justin Upton's foul ball that careened off the upper deck early in the game. I don't think I've ever seen someone get a ball up there. Hopefully that's a sign of good things to come for the younger Upton brother.
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