(MIAMI) — Kris Medlen continues to be a good luck charm for the Atlanta Braves. The 26-year-old pitcher threw eight-innings of shutout ball, as the Braves (88-64) won their 21st straight game that Medlen has started, this time beating the Miami Marlins (66-84), 3-0.
The 21 straight victories by a team when a certain pitcher starts is the best since the New York Yankees won 22 straight between 1950-53 when Whitey Ford started. Medlen’s streak began in 2010.
“It’s awesome,” Medlen said. “My wife’s told me and a couple of people have said some of the names I’m being mentioned with. Whitey Ford? Come on. Don’t even say it…. Anytime you can get mentioned in the same sentence as guys like that, it’s really cool. I just try not to get too ahead of myself, just focus on the goal at hand, which is trying to make the playoffs.”
With the win, the Braves magic number is five to clinch a Wild Card spot.
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Seth Fiegerman, CNN