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Medlen stays hot, Braves blank Marlins

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MIAMI -- Kris Medlen and Chipper Jones found themselves linked in baseball's record books with Whitey Ford and Lou Gehrig.

More importantly to the Atlanta Braves, they just kept rolling along.

Medlen pitched eight innings of four-hit ball and the Braves won his start for the 21st straight time, beating the Miami Marlins 3-0 on Wednesday night. Jones went 1 for 4 in his final South Florida appearance, getting hit No. 2,721 to tie Gehrig for 58th on baseball's career list.

"That's the Iron Horse, man," Jones said. "Just really honored to have as many hits in my career as one of the greatest in the game. Now we've got to work on passing him."

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Atlanta, closing in on securing at least an NL wild-card spot, has won 12 of its last 17 games.

The Marlins gave Jones a fly-fishing rod and a slew of accessories to commemorate his last game in Miami. They won't have to worry about him anymore, but Medlen might be a problem for years to come.

Medlen (9-1) lost the first two starts of his career in 2009. He hasn't taken a loss in any of his 26 starts since, with the Braves prevailing in the last 21 of those - making them the first team since the New York Yankees to have such a streak, according to STATS LLC. The Yankees won 22 straight times when Ford started from 1950 through 1953, a span interrupted by his service during the Korean War.

Medlen tried to dismiss any comparison with the Hall of Famer.

"Whitey Ford? Pfft. Let's go. Come on. Don't even say it," Medlen said.

Medlen struck out six and walked one while lowering his ERA from 1.62 to 1.51. Rob Brantly doubled for Miami, which was shut out for the 16th time this season.

"Medlen threw the crap out of the ball," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said. "We pitched well, but Medlen pitched better. I think this kid is, `Wow.' He put on a show out there."

The first of Medlen's 10 starts this season was against Miami on July 31, when he allowed one run over five innings and the Braves picked up a 7-1 victory. Little did anyone know then how the next few weeks would go -- he's now 8-0 with a 0.76 ERA as a starter, as opposed to his 2.48 ERA in 54 1/3 innings in 38 relief appearances to start the season.

Medlen threw 99 pitches Wednesday, 66 for strikes.

"I thought he was good. I thought he was really good," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "Commanded the strike zone, both sides of the plate. We played some good [defense] behind him. ... That's a byproduct of Medlen pounding the strike zone, getting the ball, throwing the ball over and keeping guys on their toes."

Atlanta also made sure he had the lead before even taking the mound. Michael Bourn led off the game with a double and scored two batters later on Jason Heyward's sacrifice fly to center off Josh Johnson, whose woes continued.

Johnson (8-13) gave up five hits, three walks and three runs in six innings, striking out five. The Marlins have now lost seven of his last eight starts.

"First three innings it was all over the place, whether it was fouling balls off and getting deep into counts or getting a couple guys 0-2, 1-2 and then just letting them back in," Johnson said. "You can't do that."

Dan Uggla scored in the second after drawing his NL-leading 89th walk, stealing second and coming around on Jose Constanza's single to center. The lead went to 3-0 in the third when Atlanta made Johnson pay for another walk - a leadoff pass to Martin Prado turned into a run on Freddie Freeman's sacrifice fly.

Medlen worked his way out of a little trouble in the fifth. Donovan Solano singled and went to third when Medlen's one-out pickoff throw sailed past first base. But Medlen got Bryan Petersen to pop up into short center field - Uggla, the second baseman, had his throw home go up the third-base line, but Solano was held anyway -- and then Gorkys Hernandez grounded to shortstop to end the inning.

Jones got an ovation from the crowd before his last at-bat in Miami, a groundout in the eighth. He tipped his helmet in acknowledgment, though his night wasn't totally perfect.

He apparently forgot how many outs there were in the third, getting tagged out on a 7-4-3 relay by the Marlins to end the inning.

"That happens with age," Guillen said.

Notes

  • Jones has played more games (244) and collected more home runs (40), RBI (165), hits (258), doubles (47) and walks (140) than any other opponent has against the Marlins.
  • The Marlins and Braves both have Thursday off. Miami plans to pitch RHP Jacob Turner in New York on Friday against LHP Jonathon Niese, while Atlanta is expected to start RHP Tommy Hanson in Philadelphia on Friday against RHP Kyle Kendrick.
  • Braves SS Paul Janish, who dislocated his left shoulder on Tuesday night, returned to Atlanta for evaluation. It's unknown if he could be back before the end of the regular season.
 
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Kris Medlen yields just four hits through eight shutout innings to improve his record to 8-0 as a starter this season. (Getty Images)
Kris Medlen yields just four hits through eight shutout innings to improve his record to 8-0 as a starter this season. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

K. Medlen
IP 8.0
H 4
ER 0
BB 1
K 6
Miami

J. Johnson
IP 6.0
H 5
ER 3
BB 3
K 5
 
Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Bourn, CF4110024 .272
Martin Prado, SS2100110 .300
Jason Heyward, RF3001001 .273
Chipper Jones, 3B4010000 .297
Freddie Freeman, 1B3001000 .265
Dan Uggla, 2B3100110 .216
Brian McCann, C4010020 .233
Jose Constanza, LF3021000 .263
   a- Reed Johnson, PH-LF1010000 .300
Kris Medlen, P2010110 .138
   b- Jeff Baker, PH0000000 .253
   c- Lyle Overbay, PH1000002 .266
    Craig Kimbrel, P0000000 .000
Totals3037337  
a-doubled for Constanza in the 9th
b-announced for Medlen in the 9th
c-flied out for Baker in the 9th
Batting
2B - Michael Bourn (24, Johnson), Reed Johnson (14, Jennings)
SF - Jason Heyward (3), Freddie Freeman (9)
SH - Martin Prado (4)
RBI - Jason Heyward (75), Freddie Freeman (88), Jose Constanza (3)
2-OUT RBI - Jose Constanza (2)
SB - Dan Uggla (3, 2nd base off Johnson/Brantly)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Kris Medlen (1, Throwing)
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Kris Medlen (W,9-1) 8400160 1.51
Craig Kimbrel (S,38) 1100000 1.10
HBP - Dobbs (by Craig Kimbrel)
Pitches-Strikes - Kris Medlen 99-66, Craig Kimbrel 17-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kris Medlen 10-8, Craig Kimbrel 2-1
Batters Faced - Kris Medlen 29, Craig Kimbrel 5
Miami Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Bryan Petersen, LF4000001 .208
Gorkys Hernandez, CF4010001 .183
Jose Reyes, SS4010011 .288
Carlos Lee, 1B3000111 .273
Greg Dobbs, 3B3010002 .296
Justin Ruggiano, RF4000012 .315
Rob Brantly, C4010003 .338
Donovan Solano, 2B3010001 .276
Josh Johnson, P2000022 .096
    Tom Koehler, P0000000 .000
    A.J. Ramos, P0000000 .000
   a- Austin Kearns, PH1000010 .246
    Dan Jennings, P0000000 .000
    Chad Gaudin, P0000000 .000
Totals3205016  
a-struck out for Ramos in the 8th
Batting
2B - Rob Brantly (7, Medlen)
SB - Gorkys Hernandez 2 (6, 2nd base off Medlen/McCann, 3rd base off Medlen/McCann), Justin Ruggiano (14, 2nd base off Kimbrel/McCann)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Bryan Petersen 1
DP - Petersen-Solano-Lee
Miami Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Josh Johnson (L,8-13) 6533350 3.84
Tom Koehler 1000020 7.20
A.J. Ramos 1000000 5.40
Dan Jennings 0.2200000 2.57
Chad Gaudin 0.1000000 4.64
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Johnson 108-65, Tom Koehler 11-9, A.J. Ramos 10-7, Dan Jennings 15-9, Chad Gaudin 4-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Johnson 5-7, Tom Koehler 1-0, A.J. Ramos 1-2
Batters Faced - Josh Johnson 25, Tom Koehler 3, A.J. Ramos 3, Dan Jennings 4, Chad Gaudin 1
Game Information
Attendance - 25998
Game Time - 2:34
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Dan Iassogna, First Base - Victor Carapazza, Second Base - Bill Miller, Third Base - C.B. Bucknor