Kris Medlen kept his unbelievable run going Tuesday night at Petco Park when he led the Atlanta Braves to a 2-0 win over the San Diego Padres. Medlen threw eight scoreless innings to keep two impressive streaks alive.
On the more important note, Medlen extended his franchise record of 17 consecutive starts that the Braves have won. He has also thrown 28 1/3 straight scoreless innings, the longest for the Braves since Greg Maddux had a streak of 39 1/3 in 2000.
"He's been unbelievable," Dan Uggla said. "I remember facing him and it wasn't that fun, either. He goes out there, knows what he has to do and executes. He's got that great changeup and puts his pitches where he wants to put them."
Medlen held the Padres to five hits over his eight frames and didn't allow a runner past first base while striking out a career-high nine batters. He also got to show off what might be the best right-handed move in the league when he picked off two runners
"I don't think I've seen two pickoffs from a right-handed pitcher in a long time," Fredi Gonzalez said. "He does a lot of good stuff."
Even with his personal streaks and fact that his ERA through six starts is 0.66, Medlen is not concerned with anything but the Braves' pennant race.
"It doesn't matter to me," Medlen said. "We're winning games and that's all that really matters. When you start worrying about stuff like that is when you get off your plan and off your focus."
Chipper Jones provided Medlen with a one-run lead in the first inning when he a booming double to the 400-foot sign in right-center, a shot that would have surely been out of nearly every other ballpark in the big leagues. Regardless, it was enough to bring home Martin Prado after one of his two hits and one of his two stolen bases.
Uggla hit in the eight hole for the first time in his career, and even though he struck out three times, he unloaded on Padres rookie Andrew Werner for a massive solo homer in the fifth inning. The homer was Uggla's 1,000th career hit.
"When you look up seven years later, it's hard to believe it's been that long and you've accumulated that many hits," Uggla said. "That's a cool thing to do. It puts in perspective what guys like Pete Rose and Ichiro [Suzuki] and Chipper and all of those guys. … It lets you how hard it is to get to the numbers that they got to."
Gonzalez opted not to give Medlen the opportunity for his second shutout in less than a month after eight innings and 100 pitches, giving Craig Kimbrel his first save opportunity since Aug. 3. Though he gave up a lead-off single to Everth Cabrera, Kimbrel struck out the side afterward.
The Miami Marlins extended the Washington Nationals' losing streak to five games Tuesday, allowing the Braves to come to four games out of the division lead.
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