Chipper Jones saw his career at Turner Field come to an end Sunday, but the Atlanta Braves showcased what may be the future of the franchise when they set a Major League record of most consecutive wins started by Kris Medlen in their series-clinching 6-2 win over the New York Mets.
Medlen's six innings were enough to secure the Braves' 23rd consecutive win in which he has started, a streak dating back to 2010. The record was previously shared by Whitey Ford (1950-53) and Carl Hubbell (1936-37).
In a polar opposite ending to September than last year, Medlen was able to limit the Mets to a single unearned run in his last regular season start. The performance lowered his season ERA to 1.57 and improved his record to 10-1. The only run the Mets scored off him came due to his own error while attempting to catch a throw from Freddie Freeman in the third inning on Justin Turner's two-out grounder.
Now that his attention will be focused on the Wild Card play-in game Friday, Medlen will look to carry over his momentum he's had since joining the rotation. Since being converted to a starter in July, Medlen has gone 9-0 with a 0.97 ERA in 11 starts.
Jones started the second inning with a walk off Jenrry Mejia in a frame that would give the Braves all the padding they needed. Freddie Freeman followed Jones with a double before David Ross cleared the bags with a three-run homer.
Michael Bourn played in his first game in nearly a week due to a sprained thumb, and he led off the fifth inning with a double before scoring on a double by Jason Heyward. Bourn also swiped his 40th base of the year in the sixth.
Before Bourn stole that bag, however, he drove in Andrelton Simmons with a single, who had driven in Dan Uggla on an RBI triple.
In his final regular season home game, Jones walked twice and singled in the third inning for his only hit of the series.
The Braves now sit three games behind the Washington Nationals with three games left for each team. The Braves will start a series with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday, while the Nats will host the Philadelphia Phillies.Tags: Andrelton Simmons, Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Chipper Jones, David Ross, Kris Medlen, MLB, New York Mets