Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Brian McCann and Chris Johnson stroked
back-to-back homers as part of a five-run fifth inning that lifted the Atlanta
Braves to a 6-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies Friday in the opener of
a three-game series at Citizens Bank Park.
Johnson added a double in Atlanta's eighth straight victory to extend his
streak of multi-hit games to eight, tying a franchise record for the longest
such stretch in club history.
Jason Heyward, Justin Upton and Joey Terdoslavich chipped in with RBI apiece
to provide just enough run support for starter Kris Medlen (8-10), who struck
out eight and gave up four runs on six hits over six frames to earn the win.
David Carpenter and Jordan Walden each pitched a perfect inning in relief
before Craig Kimbrel fired a 1-2-3 ninth to secure his 32nd save.
Atlanta did all of its damage against Philadelphia starter Ethan Martin, who
was making his major league debut after lefty Cliff Lee was scratched from his
second straight start with a neck strain.
Martin (0-1) surrendered all six runs on eight hits and three walks over 4 1/3
frames to absorb the loss.
Delmon Young, Chase Utley and Darin Ruf each clubbed a solo shot for the
Phillies, who have lost 11 of their last 12 games.
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