After hammering out big innings all week at Turner Field to build a seven-game winning streak and push their division lead to double digits the Braves kept the momentum going Friday when they hit the road running against the faltering Phillies. Brian McCann and Chris Johnson homered on consecutive pitches in a five-run fifth inning that lifted the Braves a 6-4 series-opening win at Citizens Bank Park. The Braves have won eight in a row while the Phillies have lost 11 of 12. “We have confidence in our offense that we can have a big inning any time” said Chris Johnson who extended his hitting streak to 11 games and his streak of multi-hit games to eight matching an all-time Braves record and breaking the Atlanta-era record. Phillies frustrations boiled over in the ninth inning when manager Charlie Manuel and Jimmy Rollins were ejected for arguing with the home-plate umpire while Craig Kimbrel pitched a perfect inning for his 32nd save and 22nd in a row. Braves starter Kris Medlen (8-10) allowed four runs and six hits in six innings including three solo homers. The Phillies led 2-0 on a pair of second-inning homers by Darin Ruf and Delmon Young but the Braves erased the lead three innings later en route to their majors-leading 34th comeback win. It was the Braves’ fifth consecutive game scoring five or more runs in an inning including three innings with at least six runs. The eight-game winning streak is their longest since a 10-game streak during the 12-1 start.
Braves push streak to eight with 6-4 road win over Phillies
Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Aug 3