Medlen masterful as Braves blank Marlins

10:47 AM, Sep 20, 2012   |    comments
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Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Kris Medlen spun eight shutout innings to guide the Atlanta Braves to a 3-0 triumph over the Miami Marlins in the finale of a three-game set at Marlins Park.

Medlen (9-1) scattered four hits and struck out six to earn his eighth straight winning decision.

The Braves have won 21 consecutive games that Medlen started dating back to 2010. The last team to win 21 straight starts by one pitcher was the New York Yankees, who won 22 straight Whitey Ford starts in 1950 and 1953. Ford missed the 1951 and 1952 seasons for military service.

Jason Heyward, Freddie Freeman and Jose Constanza each drove in a run for the Braves, who trail the Washington Nationals by 5 1/2 games in the NL-East, but hold a seven-game advantage for the top wild card spot.

Josh Johnson (8-13) surrendered all three runs on five hits and three walks while striking out five over six innings to absorb the loss.

Rob Brantly doubled, while Greg Dobbs and Gorkys Hernandez tallied one hit apiece for the Marlins, losers in three of four.


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