Medlen strong, Gattis homers as Braves take fifth straight


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The Atlanta Braves continued their torrid start winning their fifth straight game on Tuesday behind a strong outing from starter Kris Medlen.

In seven innings of work Medlen allowed one run on three hits and a walk as the Braves defeated the Marlins 3-2.

The Braves jumped out to an early 2-0 lead when catcher Evan Gattis hit his second career home run in the first inning off of Marlins starter Wade LeBlanc.

A sac fly by Rob Brantly cut the lead to one in the second but the Braves would add another in the top of the eight when Justin Upton doubled home Andrelton Simmons.

The Marlins would try to get closer in the bottom of the inning as Placido Palonco drove in Austin Kearns on a single off of Braves reliever¬† Eric O’Flaherty but could get no closer as Craig Kimbrel came in for his fourth save of the season.

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