Kris Medlen has won a lot of games of late.
The Braves (85-57) have scored 10 runs and are batting .156 over their skid. The top four hitters in Atlanta's order - B.J. Upton, Andrelton Simmons , Freddie Freeman and Chris Johnson - went a combined 0 for 15 with five strikeouts in Sunday's 3-2 loss to Philadelphia.
Upton is 0 for his last 14 with eight strikeouts.
"They pitched well all three games," Upton said. "We're fine. We'll come back to play tomorrow."
"He's strong," Hamels said. "He swung with everything he had in him. I felt like I was throwing a golf ball out there and he had a driver."
Gattis is batting .450 (9 for 20) with three doubles and two home runs against the Marlins.
Medlen (12-12, 3.48 ERA) has gone 6-1 with a 2.74 ERA in his last seven starts, and he's allowed one run over his last 14 innings while winning his last two.
He limited the New York Mets to one run in seven innings of a 3-1 victory Tuesday, holding them to 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position.
"Whatever jam you get in, you always feel like you can get out of it," Medlen said. "I'm always thinking positive. Whether other people do, I don't know, but I'm always figuring out a way to get out of stuff. It's something you learn as you mature in this game."
Medlen, long one of the game's better control pitchers, has not issued a walk in his last two outings.
Medlen has won both his starts against the Marlins this year, allowing an unearned run in seven innings of a 3-2 victory April 9 and three runs in six innings of an 11-3 win July 2. He's gone 4-0 with a 1.91 ERA in his last five starts against the Marlins.
Medlen's success has been part of Atlanta's dominance on the road in this series, with the Braves winning five of six away matchups this year and 19 of the past 24. Atlanta has posted a 1.86 ERA in 15 games at Marlins Park.
Henderson Alvarez (3-3, 3.95) has had six days to rest a tight right hamstring that forced him from his September 2 start against the Chicago Cubs after 79 pitches. The right-hander has fared well this season with the extra rest, recording a 2.25 ERA in two starts on six days' rest.
After allowing four straight singles to lead off a three-run first inning, Alvarez scattered three hits over five scoreless innings in a 4-3 win over the Cubs and helped his cause with a three-run homer.
"I started the first inning leaving pitches up a little bit, but then I made an adjustment in the second inning," said Alvarez, 7 for 19 this season with two doubles in addition to his homer.
The Marlins (53-88) dropped the final two games of their three-game set with Washington, losing 6-4 on Sunday. They allowed 15 runs in those two defeats and have lost 11 of 15 at home.
"We know we have to pitch and play almost perfect to win and we weren't able to do that," manager Mike Redmond said.
They may be without Giancarlo Stanton , who missed Sunday's game with a foot injury.
"It felt the same as it did yesterday," Stanton said.
|August 29, 2013||Justin Upton||Day-to-Day||Left hand injury|
|August 22, 2013||Jason Heyward||15-Day DL||Fractured right jaw|
|August 21, 2013||Brandon Beachy||15-Day DL||Right elbow inflammation|
|August 20, 2013||Justin Upton||Day-to-Day||Strained upper back|
|August 15, 2013||Tyler Pastornicky||15-Day DL||Torn left ACL - out for season|
|August 13, 2013||Dan Uggla||15-Day DL||Eye surgery|
|September 08, 2013||Giancarlo Stanton||Day-to-Day||Left game - sore right foot and ankle|
|September 02, 2013||Henderson Alvarez||Day-to-Day||Left game - tight right hamstring|
|September 01, 2013||Giancarlo Stanton||Day-to-Day||Right ankle|
|August 19, 2013||Placido Polanco||7-Day DL||Concussion|
|August 19, 2013||Placido Polanco||7-Day DL||Concussion|
|July 26, 2013||Kevin Slowey||60-Day DL||Right forearm discomfort|
MIAMI (AP) -- For the Atlanta Braves , eight innings were absolutely futile offensively.
The other one was more than enough.
Evan Gattis drove in two runs to highlight Atlanta's highest-scoring inning in more than a month, and the Braves snapped a four-game slide by beating the Miami Marlins 5-2 Monday night. All five of the Braves' hits came in the fourth, as did all their runs.
"Five-spots are great," Braves second baseman Elliot Johnson said. "It'd been nice to put on a few more, but we're going to take it. Anytime we end up with five and they get four or less, obviously we're going to take it. You're not trying to go out there and score 10 every night. You want to get as many as you can, but as long as you get more than they get, that's all that matters."
Justin Upton , Freddie Freeman and Gattis all doubled to lead off that fourth inning, Atlanta's highest-scoring frame since a five-run fifth against Philadelphia on Aug. 2. Kris Medlen (13-12) was the beneficiary that night against the Phillies and again on Monday, getting the win after allowing six hits and two runs in 6 1-3 innings.
Atlanta (86-57) passed idle Boston (87-58) for baseball's best record. Medlen - who went 10-1 last season - got his record over .500 for the first time in 2013.
"It's pretty fun to look back and see that I started 1-6 and kind of turned things around," Medlen said. "I'm not the one scoring the runs, and they had a huge inning for me today. It's kind of what's gotten me to this point this year."
Chris Coghlan tied a career high with four hits for Miami, which lost for the 24th time in its last 34 games. Ed Lucas added a two-run double in the seventh for the Marlins.
"I was able to get some good pitches to hit and had some good counts," Coghlan said. "I was able to find some holes."
Marlins starter Henderson Alvarez (3-4) rolled through the first three innings, before Atlanta got to him in the fourth. Upton got it started with a double to right, Freeman followed with one to left, Gattis drove both home with another two-base hit, and the Braves were rolling. Chris Johnson and Elliot Johnson both had run-scoring singles, and Chris Johnson later scored on a wild pitch for a 5-0 lead.
That was enough for Medlen and three relievers, with Craig Kimbrel working the ninth to get his 45th save in 48 tries for the NL East leaders. Atlanta has not lost more than four straight at any point this season.
The Braves had some good news pregame, with manager Fredi Gonzalez announcing that slugger Jason Heyward - out since last month with a broken jaw - had some of "the hardware" that was surgically inserted to assist with the healing process removed.
"He can eat," Gonzalez said.
And more good news came afterward, given that the Braves - who scored 10 runs during their four-game slide - got their groove going at the plate again, if only for one inning.
"Five hits and five runs on one frame," Gonzalez said. "And we made it hold up."
The Marlins, meanwhile, remained on pace for a 100-loss season, and played without right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (ankle) for a second straight game. Stanton worked out pregame Monday and the Marlins are hopeful he could return to the lineup as early as Tuesday, though will let him make the decision on when to get back on the field.
"Guys want to finish strong," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "They want to take advantage of every at-bat that they can and every opportunity they get to play. This time is so important for guys. I think you learn the most about your ballclub in the last three weeks of the season because guys have a lot to play for. They're playing for next year. They're trying to finish off good years, maybe finish up a not-so-good year."
NOTES: Miami sends RHP Tom Koehler (3-9, 4.70) to the mound Tuesday against Atlanta RHP Julio Teheran (11-7, 3.01). ... The Braves recalled C Christian Bethancourt from Double-A Mississippi before the game. "We think the world of him," Gonzalez said. ... Marlins RHP Jose Fernandez , who will start Wednesday before getting shut down for the season, hit a ball off the center field statue in batting practice. Since June 1, Fernandez is 9-3 with a 1.51 ERA. ... Coghlan had Miami's first three hits. ... Marlins C Jeff Mathis left after five innings with a bruised right thumb, and is day to day.