The Braves have now won Medlen's last 18 starts, moving his combined relief and starting pitching record to 7-1. He is now 6-0 with a 0.54 ERA in the seven starts he has made since joining the rotation July 31.
"He was terrific," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "And he's been terrific for a while. He had three pitches for strikes whenever he wanted them. Unfortunately, with the way he's been throwing the ball, we pretty much put him in a rocking chair right from the outset."
Medlen struck out a career-high 12 batters while allowing five hits and an unearned run to snap his scoreless innings streak at 34 2/3 innings, the longest since Greg Maddux had a streak of 39 1/3 scoreless innings in 2000.
Medlen's scoreless innings streak was broken in the seventh inning after Carlos Gonzalez singled to start the frame. He would score on Jordan Pacheco's infield single when Paul Janish made an errant throw.
“You’ve got a guy trying to make a play behind you. I wasn’t angry," Medlen said. "He’s the reason I even have that scoreless streak. He’s made unbelievable plays for me the entire season. When you’ve got a guy busting his tail to make a play for you, how can you be mad?”
Making Medlen even more efficient was that he threw 85 of his 111 pitches for strikes while not walking a batter. His first two-ball count didn't even come until the sixth inning.
“I’m happy that they were located," Medlen said. "You could throw 30 strikes and get hit 30 times, too. It’s just the effectiveness of the location and worrying about that.”
The Braves took advantage of five walks by Rockies starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood in his three innings. They scored two runs in the first inning with the benefit of only one hit from Martin Prado while capitalizing on two Rockies errors on one play that allowed Freddie Freeman to score from first.
The third inning was much the same story when Chatwood walked the bases loaded with only one out before Prado scored Michael Bourn on a sacrifice fly. Juan Francisco followed with an RBI single before David Ross capped off the Braves' scoring for the day with a two-run double.
Atlanta won their second straight game less than 24 hours after Chipper Jones uncorked his second walk-off homer of the year against the Philadelphia Phillies to give the Braves some much needed momentum to avoid another September collapse.
The Washington Nationals won their game with the Chicago Cubs to keep their NL East lead at 6 1/2 games, and the Braves kept their homefield Wild Card advantage lead at three games with the St. Louis Cardinals' win over the New York Mets.Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Colorado Rockies, David Ross, Kris Medlen, MLB, Tyler Chatwood