Braves extend win streak to 8 games


First Posted: 8/2/2013

PHILADELPHIA — Brian McCann and Chris Johnson hit consecutive homers in a five-run fifth inning to lead the Atlanta Braves to their eighth straight win with a 6-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday.

McCann’s two-run shot gave the Braves a 4-2 lead just two batters after Justin Upton tied it on an RBI single. McCann’s 16th homer gave the Braves a 5-2 lead.

Johnson extended his hitting streak to 11 games with his seventh homer. He also had a seventh-inning double to extend his streak of multihit games to eight games. It is the most for any Braves player since the franchise moved to Atlanta in 1966.

Kris Medlen (8-10) earned the victory, going six innings while giving up six hits and four runs, including three solo homers. He struck out eight and walked one.

Darin Ruf, Delmon Young and Chase Utley homered for Philadelphia, which has lost 11 of 13 since the All-Star break.

Rockies 4, Pirates 2

PITTSBURGH — Jhoulys Chacin allowed one run on six hits over eight innings and the Colorado Rockies snapped a four-game losing streak with a win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Chacin (10-5), who has won seven of his past nine decisions, stayed in the game after taking a sharp line drive off the bat of Starling Marte in the fifth inning.

Colorado’s Troy Tulowitzki had a solo homer and an RBI single, and Todd Helton had a two-run single 17 years to the day after making his major-league debut in the same city.

Pirates rookie Gerrit Cole (5-5) needed 102 pitches to make it through 5 1-3 innings, allowing three runs on three hits and two walks with six strikeouts.

Dodgers 6, Cubs 2

CHICAGO — Mark Ellis extended his hitting streak to 13 games before both he and manager Don Mattingly were ejected, and the Los Angeles Dodgers matched an 89-year-old club record with their 12th straight road victory, beating the Chicago Cubs 6-2 on Friday.

Ellis doubled and scored in the third before being tossed when he and Mattingly argued a called third strike in the fourth inning, but that didn’t stop the Dodgers from improving to 12-2 since the All-Star break.

Nick Punto added two hits and drove in two runs. Adrian Gonzalez and Yasiel Puig each added a pair of hits and scored a run as the Dodgers chased All-Star Travis Wood (7-8).

That was enough for Hyun-Jin Ryu (10-3), who allowed 11 hits in 5 1-3 innings but held Chicago to just two runs. He also struck out six without a walk.

Marlins 10, Indians 0

MIAMI — The strikeouts keep coming for rookie right-hander Jose Fernandez, while the winning streak has ended for the Cleveland Indians.

Fernandez pitched eight innings and struck out 14, the most by an NL pitcher this season, to help Miami beat the Indians, snapping their eight-game win streak. Miami’s All-Star became the first major league pitcher to strike out at least 13 in consecutive games since Randy Johnson in 2004. He’s the first rookie to do so since Kerry Wood in 1998.

Fernandez (8-5) set a Marlins record for the most strikeouts in consecutive starts. He had 13 Sunday in a win over Pittsburgh.

Logan Morrison provided all the support Fernandez needed with four hits and four RBIs.

Ubaldo Jimenez (8-6) needed 107 pitches to get through four innings. He allowed five runs, two earned.

Cardinals 13, Reds 3

CINCINNATI — David Freese set the tone with a bases-loaded double in the first inning, and Daniel Descalso hit two of the Cardinals’ three homers as St. Louis pulled away to a victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

The Cardinals have emerged from a deep hitting slump by scoring 13 runs in each of their last two games. It’s the first time this season they’ve had double-digit run totals in consecutive games.

Shelby Miller (11-7) limited Cincinnati’s slumping offense to two singles over the first five innings before Joey Votto hit a three-run homer in the sixth.

Bronson Arroyo (9-9) matched his season high by giving up seven runs in only 3 2-3 innings, his shortest outing of the season.

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