Before Thursday night Kris Medlen had won every start when the Braves scored at least three runs while he was in the game and he also had won six consecutive starts — home or road — when he got that much support.
Brian McCann got three for him with one swing in the third inning against Cleveland a three-run homer that powered the Braves and Medlen to a 3-1 win for a three-game series sweep of the Indians at Turner Field.
Medlen (11-12) held the Indians to six hits and no walks with six strikeouts in seven scoreless innings and the Braves trimmed their magic number to clinch the National League East division to 17 while improving their majors-best records to 81-52 overall and 47-18 at home.
Craig Kimbrel pitched a perfect ninth inning for his majors-leading 43rd save and 33rd in a row without a blown save.
“We’ve been getting pitching all season long” said McCann whose 19th homer came on a slider from Ubaldo Jimenez. “That’s the reason we’re in the position we’re in. We’ve got fi...