Medlen tossed a complete game against a red-hot Rockies lineup on Monday afternoon, allowing just one unearned run to score as the Braves won 6-1. He struck out 12 batters, did not walk anyone and reached a three-ball count just two times. Most importantly, the Braves have now won his last 18 starts, the longest stretch in recent baseball history.
Atlanta was gifted a couple of runs early. A wild pitch scored Michael Bourn for the first inning, which was followed by a two-error play that plated another run.
A sacrifice fly from Martin Prado made it 3-0 in the third. Juan Francisco delivered an RBI-single to drive home another run, and then David Ross came up with a key two-out, two-run double to push the lead to 6-0.
The Rockies' lone run came on a throwing error from Paul Janish, who had made a diving stop on a ball hit into the hole. He threw errantly to Prado at second base, sending the ball into shallow right field.
The Braves and Rockies will meet again on Tuesday night at 7:10 p.m. ET.
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