ATLANTA -- Kris Medlen continued to build confidence, delivering seven-plus strong innings and benefiting from the decisive two-run homer Chris Johnson provided in Tuesday night's 3-1 win over the Phillies at Turner Field.
Although Johnson's third-inning homer off former Lookouts' RHP Ethan Martin served as the crushing blow, the most encouraging developments centered on Medlen, who allowed one run, scattered five hits and worked into the eighth inning for just the second time this season.
After walking Kevin Frandsen to open the eighth, Medlen exited to a standing ovation.
A few minutes later, David Carpenter preserved the effort by getting Jimmy Rollins to ground into an inning-ending double play.
Medlen might never again produce a stretch as special as the one he did while compiling a 0.97 ERA in the 12 starts he made during the final two months of the 2012 season. But he certainly appears to be righting himself at the right time. This successful outing came just six days after he limited the Nationals to three hits over seven innings.
After surrendering consecutive one-out singles in the first inning, Medlen retired 16 of the next 17 batters he faced. His dominant stretch concluded when he surrendered a Chase Utley double and Domonic Brown's RBI single with two outs in the sixth inning.
In addition to proving successful on the mound, Medlen helped himself by drilling a two-out double in the second inning that plated Tyler Pastornicky with the game's first run.
--- Source: MLB.com