Almost two years since he last started a major league game, Kris Medlen pitched like he wanted to stay there.
The Braves right-hander allowed one run and four hits in five innings of a 7-1, rain-delayed win against the Miami Marlins on Tuesday night at Turner Field, extending Atlanta’s winning streak to seven games. The Braves have won 14 of the past 15 games started by Medlen, who had 14 starts in 2010.
“He gave us everything we wanted him to,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said of Medlen, who made his first start of the season after 38 relief appearances. “He was trying to talk us into going one more inning, but no chance. He goes back (to start) on Sunday, and we’ll add another 20-25 pitches to his outing and hopefully get us deeper in the ballgame.”
Juan Francisco had three hits and Brian McCann and Tyler Pastornicky homered for the Braves, who got their 17th win in 22 games to move to a season-high 15 over .500.
But the story Tuesday was Medlen, who will stay in