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Kris Medlen Roughed up by Philadelphia Phillies, Atlanta Braves Lose Rubber Game

July 7th, 2013 at 7:08 PM
By Cody Fields

The Atlanta Braves saw their road woes continue in the series finale Sunday with the Philadelphia Phillies. Kris Medlen gave up a career-high in runs in a 7-3 loss at Citizens Bank Park.

Medlen gave up all seven Phillies runs (six earned) in 5 1/3 innings, and six of those runs came with two outs. Domonic Brown tripled home Chase Utley in the first inning to put the Phillies on the board and was driven home two batters later by Delmon Young on a single.

Ben Revere added a two-run triple in the fourth, and Young hit a solo homer to right in the fourth for the only Phillies run with less than two outs.

The last two runs came after Medlen had already exited the game, thanks to Brian McCann and his inability to block a wild pitch by Alex Wood. One run scored on the wild pitch while another came to score on McCann's throwing error.

But McCann's defensive miscue was far from what cost the Braves, and he more than atoned at the plate. He collected three hits to bring his hitting streak to eight games, during which he has hit .593.

The real killer for the Braves offense wasn't actually Jonathan Pettibone, who picked up a win by allowing one run on five hits in 5 1/3 innings. It was the fact that they left 10 men on base and went 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position.

That fact is underscored by the next fact that Medlen had one of those hits in the form of an RBI-single in the fifth. After Chris Johnson started the seventh with a homer, the Braves strung together three straight hits, capped off by an RBI-single by Jason Heyward. Atlanta would then leave two on in that frame and in the eighth.

The loss is the Braves' 25th in their last 39 road games, and their National League East lead over the Washington Nationals has been trimmed to four games.

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Baseball, Ben Revere, Brian McCann, Chris Johnson, Jason Heyward, Kris Medlen, MLB, Philadelphia Phillies

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