Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Atlanta's Kris Medlen was flawless on Friday.
Philadelphia's Cliff Lee slipped up just once.
Chris Johnson's go-ahead solo homer in the bottom of the eighth inning lifted
the Braves to a 1-0 win over the Phillies in the opener of a three-game set.
Lee (14-8) struck out 13 and surrendered just two hits over seven innings
before Johnson led off the eighth and smacked a towering shot that reached the
front row of seats in left-center.
Craig Kimbrel fanned two in a 1-2-3 ninth to notch his 50th save of the year.
Medlen (15-12), who didn't yield a hit until there were two outs in the fifth
when Cesar Hernandez reached base on an infield single down the third base
line, allowed two hits and two walks over eight shutout frames. He struck out
The Braves are one-half game ahead of the St. Louis Cardinals, who are
currently playing the Chicago Cubs, for the best record in the National
Besides the eighth, the only other time the Braves had baserunners was the
Freddie Freeman singled to start the frame before Evan Gattis struck out and
Johnson grounded out to move Freeman to second. Andrelton Simmons then reached
on an infield single to put runners on the corners, but Dan Uggla fanned to
end the threat.
Uggla's punchout was the first of 16 consecutive Braves retired by Lee prior
to Johnson's blast in the eighth.
Chase Utley's single in the seventh was the only other hit for Philadelphia,
which has dropped eight of its last nine tilts.
The Phillies didn't have a runner in scoring position, while the Braves
finished just 1-for-2 in that area ... This was Lee's second complete game of
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