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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.
|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|
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|Michael Bourn, CF||4||1||1||0||0||2||4||.272|
|Martin Prado, SS||2||1||0||0||1||1||0||.300|
|Jason Heyward, RF||3||0||0||1||0||0||1||.273|
|Chipper Jones, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.297|
|Freddie Freeman, 1B||3||0||0||1||0||0||0||.265|
|Dan Uggla, 2B||3||1||0||0||1||1||0||.216|
|Brian McCann, C||4||0||1||0||0||2||0||.233|
|Jose Constanza, LF||3||0||2||1||0||0||0||.263|
|a- Reed Johnson, PH-LF||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.300|
|Kris Medlen, P||2||0||1||0||1||1||0||.138|
|b- Jeff Baker, PH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.253|
|c- Lyle Overbay, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.266|
|Craig Kimbrel, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-doubled for Constanza in the 9th|
|b-announced for Medlen in the 9th|
|c-flied out for Baker in the 9th|
|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|
|E - Kris Medlen (1, Throwing)|
|Kris Medlen (W,9-1)||8||4||0||0||1||6||0||1.51|
|Craig Kimbrel (S,38)||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||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|
|Bryan Petersen, LF||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.208|
|Gorkys Hernandez, CF||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.183|
|Jose Reyes, SS||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.288|
|Carlos Lee, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||1||1||.273|
|Greg Dobbs, 3B||3||0||1||0||0||0||2||.296|
|Justin Ruggiano, RF||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.315|
|Rob Brantly, C||4||0||1||0||0||0||3||.338|
|Donovan Solano, 2B||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.276|
|Josh Johnson, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||2||.096|
|Tom Koehler, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|A.J. Ramos, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Austin Kearns, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.246|
|Dan Jennings, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Chad Gaudin, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Ramos in the 8th|
|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|
|Outfield Assists - Bryan Petersen 1|
|DP - Petersen-Solano-Lee|
|Josh Johnson (L,8-13)||6||5||3||3||3||5||0||3.84|
|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|
|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|