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Braves lose starter Medlen to injury in win over Mets

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ATLANTA -- It seemed as if nothing could stop the Braves' winning streak with Kris Medlen.

A sudden injury has left the Braves fearing they've lost their good-luck starter.

Brian McCann drove in three runs with a homer and two doubles and Atlanta overcame Medlen's early exit to beat the New York Mets 8-3 Wednesday night.

The right-handed Medlen left the game in the fifth inning after hurting the ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow. He will have an MRI exam on Thursday.

Medlen said he had no pain in the elbow before throwing a pitch wide of the plate to Jose Reyes in the fifth inning.

"It was just that pitch," Medlen said. "I felt a little tightness in my elbow. It's still pretty tight so we'll see tomorrow. ... Anytime it's your career, anytime anything goes wrong with your arm you're a little worried."

The Braves are 13-1 in Medlen's 14 starts, including 11 straight wins. He gave up four hits and two runs in 4 1/3 innings before the injury.

"He couldn't throw another pitch so, obviously, something popped in there," said Braves manager Bobby Cox. "That's my opinion. I'm no doctor."

Cox said the Braves would immediately make plans for a roster move.

Chipper Jones and McCann hit consecutive homers off Mike Pelfrey (10-6) in the third inning. McCann's line-drive shot into the right-field seats gave the Braves a 3-2 lead.

"It always feels good to go back-to-back," McCann said. "It gave us the lead back and we didn't look back after that."

Melky Cabrera added a homer off Raul Valdes in the Atlanta eighth. Jones had three hits and drove in two runs.

"When you make mistakes against that team, they make you pay for it," Pelfrey said.

The NL East-leading Braves won two of three from the Mets after losing three straight series.

The Mets, who won Tuesday night, have not won consecutive games since June 22-23. They have not won a road series against an NL opponent this season.

The loss of Medlen would be a blow to the Braves' hopes of holding off Philadelphia in the NL East. He has been one of Atlanta's most effective starters after taking over the No. 5 spot in the rotation from Kenshin Kawakami.

Kawakami has appeared in only one game in relief since his last start on June 26. Cox said Kawakami may not be ready to start if the Braves must replace Medlen.

McCann had run-scoring doubles in the first and fifth innings. The All-Star catcher has six homers and 23 RBIs since July 3.

"I've been seeing the ball well and I put together some good at-bats tonight," McCann said. "I was happy with the results."

The Braves scored four unearned runs on four New York errors, including two errant throws by shortstop Jose Reyes. Three errors came when the Braves scored two unearned runs off Hisanori Takahashi in the sixth.

"That was bad," said Mets manager Jerry Manuel. "We didn't play very well. We're a better team than that. We have to get back on track and play defense."

Reyes and third baseman David Wright had throwing errors in the sixth. First baseman Ike Davis had a fielding error.

Wright's error came after fielding a bases-loaded grounder by Jones. Reliever Mike Dunn, who reached on Reyes' second error, scored on Jones' grounder. Wright's wild throw to second allowed Omar Infante, who reached on a single, to score from second.

"You can't kick the ball around like that," Manuel said. "... I was shocked that we played this way on defense. It's a good thing that we have a day off."

Dunn (1-0) gave up two walks in 1 2/3 scoreless innings in his first major league win.

New York's Luis Castillo had two hits, including a run-scoring single in the second. Reyes doubled and scored on a groundout by Carlos Beltran in the third.

Pelfrey gave up eight hits and five runs, three earned, in 4 2/3 innings while losing for the fourth straight time.

"I have to step up and be a lot better," Pelfrey said. "I take full responsibility for the game.

"Every start has been the same way. It's been frustrating the last six or seven starts, and that definitely continued tonight."

Notes

  • The Mets' four errors were their high since their five against the Dodgers on May 18, 2009. Their last three-error inning came on June 26, 2009, against the Yankees.
  • Braves LHP Eric O'Flaherty, recovering from mononucleosis, threw on the side and is expected to throw in the bullpen on Thursday.
  • The Mets are 0-6 in decisive third games of series on the road, and 4-11 overall.
 
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Kris Medlen gives up four hits in 4 1/3 innings before leaving the game with an injured ligament. (AP)
Kris Medlen gives up four hits in 4 1/3 innings before leaving the game with an injured ligament. (AP)

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Atlanta

B. McCann
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
Atlanta

C. Jones
AB 4
R 3
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Reyes, SS5110022 .278
Angel Pagan, LF2001111 .309
Carlos Beltran, CF4001102 .215
David Wright, 3B4000002 .296
Ike Davis, 1B3010110 .250
Josh Thole, C3110101 .296
Jeff Francoeur, RF3000112 .235
Luis Castillo, 2B3021100 .249
Mike Pelfrey, P1000002 .105
    Hisanori Takahashi, P0000000 .063
   a- Chris Carter, PH1100001 .258
    Raul Valdes, P0000000 .500
   b- Jesus Feliciano, PH1010000 .297
Totals3036365  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Takahashi in the 7th
b-singled for Valdes in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jose Reyes (21, Medlen)
SF - Angel Pagan (3)
SH - Angel Pagan (4), Mike Pelfrey (3)
RBI - Angel Pagan (48), Carlos Beltran (7), Luis Castillo (15)
2-OUT RBI - Luis Castillo (9)
SB - Jose Reyes (21, 2nd base off Moylan/McCann)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Reyes-Davis, Wright-Castillo-Davis
E - Ike Davis (6, Misplayed grounder), Jose Reyes 2 (11, Throwing), David Wright (13, Throwing)
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mike Pelfrey (L,10-6) 4.2853212 4.16
Hisanori Takahashi 1.1120010 4.22
Raul Valdes 2211111 4.84
IBB - Hinske by Mike Pelfrey
HBP - Diaz (by Mike Pelfrey)
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Pelfrey 89-47, Hisanori Takahashi 30-19, Raul Valdes 27-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Pelfrey 5-7, Hisanori Takahashi 5-1, Raul Valdes 3-1
Batters Faced - Mike Pelfrey 24, Hisanori Takahashi 8, Raul Valdes 8
Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Omar Infante, 2B5120001 .342
Jason Heyward, RF5000002 .264
Chipper Jones, 3B4332100 .255
    Kyle Farnsworth, P0000000 .000
Brian McCann, C5133013 .280
Eric Hinske, 1B3000103 .264
Matt Diaz, LF2001000 .244
    Peter Moylan, P0000000 .000
   a- Troy Glaus, PH0000100 .244
    Takashi Saito, P0000000 .000
    Brooks Conrad, 3B0000000 .222
Rick Ankiel, CF4010014 .262
Alex Gonzalez, SS4010011 .258
Kris Medlen, P1000001 .185
    Mike Dunn, P1100000 .000
    Melky Cabrera, LF2211000 .266
Totals36811733  
a-walked for Moylan in the 7th
Batting
2B - Brian McCann 2 (18, Pelfrey, Pelfrey)
HR - Chipper Jones (9, Pelfrey), Brian McCann (15, Pelfrey), Melky Cabrera (4, Valdes)
RBI - Chipper Jones 2 (45), Brian McCann 3 (56), Matt Diaz (21), Melky Cabrera (29)
2-OUT RBI - Chipper Jones (16), Brian McCann 3 (21), Matt Diaz (4)
PK - Rick Ankiel (1, Pelfrey)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - A. Gonzalez-Infante-Hinske
E - Rick Ankiel (3, Throwing), Omar Infante (9, Throwing)
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Kris Medlen 4.1422130 3.68
Mike Dunn (W,1-0) 1.1000200 0.00
Peter Moylan (H,17) 1.1010200 2.45
Takashi Saito 1100010 3.29
Kyle Farnsworth 1100110 2.51
Pitches-Strikes - Kris Medlen 67-46, Mike Dunn 30-15, Peter Moylan 16-7, Takashi Saito 8-7, Kyle Farnsworth 28-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kris Medlen 8-2, Mike Dunn 1-3, Peter Moylan 3-2, Takashi Saito 1-0, Kyle Farnsworth 1-1
Batters Faced - Kris Medlen 18, Mike Dunn 6, Peter Moylan 7, Takashi Saito 3, Kyle Farnsworth 5
Game Information
Attendance - 28536
Game Time - 3:05
Temperature - 92
Umpires - Home - James Hoye, First Base - Laz Diaz, Second Base - Wally Bell, Third Base - John Hirschbeck