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WSH@ATL: Medlen fans 13 over seven strong innings

Anytime right-hander Kris Medlen takes the hill, the Braves can't help but get happy.

That's because they've won 20 consecutive games that Medlen has started, a streak that dates back to May 2010.

"It's something you strive for together as a team, to go out and win games," Medlen said. "If we're winning when I'm on the mound, then keep running me out there. It's something I've taken pride in my entire life, just winning games."

A dominant force since moving into the rotation at the end of July, Medlen has struck out 66 batters and allowed just seven runs in 62 2/3 innings.

He'll look to keep that going on Wednesday against the Marlins in Miami as the Braves try to pad their lead in the National League Wild Card race.

Medlen was masterful against the Nationals on Friday, holding them to one run on five hits in seven innings for the no-decision. He also recorded a career-high 13 strikeouts and issued one walk in his 96-pitch outing.

Opposing Medlen will be Josh Johnson, who is on his way to racking up 200 innings this season. Setting the number as a goal coming into the year, the right-hander is sitting at 179 1/3 innings with three starts to go.

On a roll in his last three outings, Johnson has given up just six runs in 22 innings and struck out 17, but is just 1-1 during that span.

He took the loss on Wednesday to the Phillies, allowing just three runs on four hits in seven innings for his third straight quality start.

"[Johnson] was pitching good," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said after the start. "We've been getting hung up. We weren't hitting too many balls hard on him. He kept the ball down."

Braves: McCann back in lineup
• Catcher Brian McCann returned to the Braves' lineup Tuesday, while Andrelton Simmons found himself sidelined again.

After missing the last two games with a hamstring injury that caused discomfort in his right knee, McCann was back behind the plate and hitting seventh against the Marlins. He finished the game 2-for-4 with two RBIs, which tied the game in the ninth.

"He's going to play," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "He's in the lineup. He's got the hamstring, he's got the shoulder, but he's going to play. He feels good."

However, Simmons jammed his left shoulder while diving for a ball in the infield during Monday's series-opening win and is day to day. Gonzalez remains hopeful that Simmons will be available for Wednesday's series finale.

Marlins: Morrison up for Clemente Award
• Through his charitable work with the Miami Children's Hospital and helping to raise more than $200,000 for the American Lung Association, Logan Morrison was named the Marlins' nominee for the 2012 Roberto Clemente Award.

The Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet pays tribute to Clemente's achievements and character by recognizing current players who truly understand the value of helping others.

"LoMo is the type of player that he will help any organization," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said. "LoMo can go from here to any another team, and he will win it. He will be there, because that's what he likes. He likes to help people, help kids. I'm very proud, because the community means a lot to the Marlins."

Worth noting
• Giancarlo Stanton was out of the Marlins' lineup on Tuesday night and will also sit out Wednesday night's series finale against the Braves. Stanton, who is resting a sore left intercostal muscle, last played on Sunday against the Reds.

• Martin Prado leads the NL with 55 multi-hit games this season and is batting .328 (21-for-64) in 16 September games.

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