ATLANTA Here are three things we learned from the Braves' 11-3 win over the Marlins, the club's fourth straight victory and largest hitting output of the season (16 hits):
1. For Kris Medlen, 'tis better to be somewhat shaky and lucky ... than very good and snakebitten
In the postgame media scrum, Medlen (three runs, nine hits allowed over six innings) was the first to admit he wasn't at his best against the Marlins.
But in the same breath, he was also comparing Tuesday's effort to that of Reds pitcher Homer Bailey, who threw his first career no-hitter against the Giants in Cincinnati.
"You're not always going to go out there with your best stuff, and I've come to realize that, because it happens to me a lot," said Medlen, with some playful sarcasm. "Me and Homer Bailey had contrasting stuff tonight ... I look up at the scoreboard, and he's throwing 97 in the 7th inning, and that just (ticks) me off."
Medlen did one-up Bailey in one aspect: He registered his first multiple-hit...