Kris Medlen showed just what a National League pitcher is capable of Tuesday night at Turner Field, leading the Atlanta Braves with his bat and with his arm to a 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.
Medlen drove in the game's first run with a two-out RBI-double in the second inning off Ethan Martin, bringing home the recently recalled Tyler Pastornicky, but his work on the mound was even more impressive.
The Phillies were pretty much shut down by yet another dominating performance by Medlen. He gave up two straight one-out knocks in the first inning, but he proceeded to retire 16 of the next 17 Philadelphia batters he faced. In fact, the only run Meds gave up came when Domonic Brown drove in Chase Utley with a hit in the sixth.
Medlen exited after walking the first batter he faced in the eighth inning, just the second time all season he has worked into that frame. He gave up one run over seven-plus innings while allowing five hits and striking out five.
After starting the season 6-10, Medlen has now won four straight starts to even his record while finally regaining the command that fueled his ridiculous run of 23 consecutive winning decisions last season.
The Braves also lived by the homer once again, this time a two-run shot off the bat of Chris Johnson in the third. He leads the NL with a .337 batting average.
Jason Heyward picked up two more hits to bring his average since taking over the leadoff spot to .381 over those 17 games. His average has climbed from .220 to .253.
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