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MLB highlights: When Kris Medlen starts, Braves win

September 20, 2012 

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Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire argued with umpire Joe West after a line drive hit by Joe Mauer was initially ruled a single, but was changed to an out after the umps met and ruled Vinny Rotino caught the ball. Twins won 6-4.

MARK DUNCAN — AP

Braves 3, Marlins 0: Kris Medlen pitched eight innings of four-hit ball and visiting Atlanta won for the 21st straight time when he started. Medlen (9-1) lost the first two starts of his career in 2009. He hasn't taken a loss in any of his 26 starts since, with the Braves winning in the last 21 of those — making them the first team since the New York Yankees to have such a streak.

The Yankees won 22 straight times when Whitey Ford started games from 1950 through 1953, a span interrupted by Ford serving in the Korean War.

Medlen struck out six, walked one and lowered his ERA from 1.62 to 1.51.

Nationals 3, Dodgers 1; Dodgers 7, Nationals 6: Matt Kemp scored a phantom run early, then hit a go-ahead homer in the ninth inning — right after Washington rallied with a six-run eighth — as struggling Los Angeles got a doubleheader split that prevented the Nationals from sewing up a playoff berth.

Kemp was credited with crossing home to give Los Angeles a 6-0 lead in the fourth, even though TV replays showed the inning's last out already had been recorded on third baseman Ryan Zimmerman's head-over-heels, reaching tag of runner Adrian Gonzalez.

Phillies 3, Mets 2: Ryan Howard hit a go-ahead homer with two outs in the ninth inning, adding a dramatic victory to Philadelphia's late-season playoff push.

American League

Yankees 4, Blue Jays 2, Yankees 2, Blue Jays 1: Andy Pettitte pitched five sparkling innings in his return from a broken leg and his bullpen barely held on, keeping the New York Yankees atop the AL East with a victory in the opener of a day-night doubleheader.

Pettitte (4-3), injured on June 27, looked his old steely self in giving up four hits in his first September start since 2010.

In the nightcap, Ichiro Suzuki knocked in the winning run with single in the eighth inning, his seventh hit of the day, ensuring that the Yankees would remain atop the AL East no matter what Baltimore did late last night against Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners.

Tigers 6, Athletics 2: Miguel Cabrera homered, Omar Infante drove in three runs and Justin Verlander pitched six scoreless innings to help Detroit beat the Oakland.

Verlander (15-8) allowed five hits and three walks while striking out five.

Oakland starter Brett Anderson (4-2) left the game after two-plus innings with a strained right oblique.

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