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Braves Win Seventh Straight Behind Kris Medlen's Strong Performance

Kris Medlen impressed in his first rain-shortened start of the year, allowing just one run to score over five innings of work. A rain delay of nearly two hours kept Medlen from continuing his night, although his pitch count limit of 70 probably would have only allowed for one more inning of work.

The Braves got themselves out to an early 3-1 and never looked back, going on to win their seventh game in a row by a score of 7-1 over the Marlins.

Donnie Murphy scored the first run of the game for Miami with a solo homer in the first inning. That lead was quickly erased on an RBI-groundout from Brian McCann to tie it at 1-1 in the bottom half of the frame. Following back-to-back walks, Juan Francisco lined a ball into right field to bring home two more runs with the bases loaded.

McCann hit a solo homer in the third to make it 4-1. The rain came following the fifth, which brought upon a scoreless inning from Cory Gearrin. Atlanta broke the game open shortly after; Tyler Pastornicky led off the sixth with a pinch-hit homer. Jason Heyward drove home Michael Bourn with an RBI-single to make it 6-1. Freeman added an insurance run in the eighth with a single of his own to score McCann easily.

Jair Jurrjens entered the ninth and worked around a one-out single to close out the game.

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