ATLANTA -- Taking three cuts as the Braves rode Chris Johnson's two-run home runs and Kris Medlen's arm and bat to a 3-1 victory over the Phillies Tuesday at Turner Field.
1. Medlen most certainly has his swagger back
With a 14 12-game lead in the National League East, the last thing the rest of baseball wants to see is the Braves getting even better. But with Kris Medlen again looking like the pitcher who owned the last two months of 2012, it's looking like a distinct possibility.
"His stuff has been a lot crisper," said manager Fredi Gonzalez. "His fastball ... it's got a little giddyup in the end of the last five or six (starts), his changeup has been down and his curveball has some tight rotation to it. It's nice to see."
After allowing back-to-back singles to Michael Young and Chase Utley, Medlen would go on to retire 15 straight Phillies and 16 of 17. He left after seven innings, yielding one run while scattering five hits with five strikeouts and a walk.
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