The Atlanta Braves kept up their torrid offensive pace while visiting Citizens Bank Park on Friday, using a five-run inning to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-4 in the series opener.
After Kris Medlen gave up back-to-back homers to Darin Ruf and Delmon Young to start the Phillies second inning, Jason Heyward cut the lead with an RBI-single in the third. But it was the fifth inning eruption that gave the Braves the game.
Heyward started that inning with a double in what would be a rough welcome to Phillies starter Ethan Martin, who was making his first big league start. Justin Upton drove him in with a single. That led to Brian McCann and Chris Johnson highlighting the scoring outburst with their own back-to-back homers.
Johnson hit a double in the seventh inning to tie Hank Aaron's record of eight straight multi-hit games. His batting average now stands at a National League-best .347.
Medlen also gave up a solo homer to Chase Utley in the sixth inning, but he still managed to get through six innings with four runs, which was good enough for the win.
The win gave the Braves eight straight wins, and they've scored at least five runs in five consecutive games.
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