Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Kris Medlen spun seven shutout innings as the
Atlanta Braves downed the Cleveland Indians, 3-1, to complete a three-game
sweep at Turner Field.
Medlen (11-12) scattered six hits and fanned six without issuing a walk to
pick up his fifth win in his last seven starts.
Brian McCann went 2-for-4 with a three-run homer and Andrelton Simmons had a
pair of doubles for the Braves, winners in four straight.
Craig Kimbrel worked a perfect ninth to notch his league-leading 43rd save of
With the win, Atlanta maintained its 13-game lead over the Washington
Nationals atop the NL East standings.
Lonnie Chisenhall hit a solo homer for the Indians, who were swept for the
second time since the All-Star break. With the loss, the Tribe fell four games
behind the Oakland Athletics for the final AL Wild Card spot.
Ubaldo Jimenez (9-9) gave up three runs on seven hits and struck out 10
without issuing a walk. It was his fourth loss in five starts.
McCann's three-run homer in the third gave the Braves an early lead. Kris
Medlen reached on a fielder's choice and Justin Upton singled two batters
later. McCann followed with a homer to deep right field. It was his 19th
longball of the season.
Atlanta's All-Star left fielder Justin Upton left the game in the fifth inning
after taking a Jimenez fastball to his left hand. It appeared that Upton was
going to remain in the game, but after a discussion with the Braves training
staff, he left the field. X-rays on the hand were negative and the club is
calling the injury a left-hand contusion.
Chisenhall's solo blast in the eighth made it 3-1.
The Braves own the best home record in the majors at 46-18 ... Medlen set the
club-record for consecutive saves with 33 ... Since his last blown save on May
7, Kimbrel has allowed just one run and 20 hits over 42 appearances ...
Jimenez struck out 10 batters in consecutive starts for the first time in his
career ... Earlier on Thursday, the Indians released pitcher Brett Myers.
Myers had been on the disabled list since April with a right elbow injury.
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