Braves pitcher Kris Medlen, who was dominant on the mound Tuesday, also knocked in the game's first run from the plate.
ATLANTA -- Kris Medlen is starting to again resemble the guy who was so dominant for the Atlanta Braves a year ago.
The right-hander allowed one run over seven innings and won his fourth consecutive start as the Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-1 Tuesday.
Medlen (10-10) struck out five while allowing five hits and one walk. At one point, he retired 15 batters in a row. He also knocked in the game's first run with his second double of the year, giving Atlanta a lead it never relinquished.
"For me to hold them to one is an accomplishment," Medlen said. "Throughout my career I've had trouble with them, no matter who was wearing their uniform. This was big for me."
Medlen improved to 3-2 in his career against the Phillies.
"Medlen was outstanding," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "That's a couple in a row he's been nails."
Medlen showed the command that enabled him to go 9-0 and pitch well enough to earn the starting assignment in the wild card playoff game. Over his last four starts, he has struck out 20 and walked four in 26 innings.
"The last couple have been my best outings of the year," he said. "I've been locating better. Things are starting to click. Keep it going for the last month of the season."
Medlen got in his only mess to start the game. The Phillies loaded the bases with two outs in the first inning, but he escaped when second baseman Tyler Pastornicky jumped high to grab Cody Asche's line drive and end the threat. Medlen didn't allow another base runner until Chase Utley doubled in the sixth.
Medlen was removed in favor of reliever David Carpenter after walking Erik Kratz to lead off the eighth. Carpenter finished the scoreless inning thanks to a sliding catch by center fielder Jordan Schafer and a double play.
Craig Kimbrel pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his 37th save.
Ethan Martin (1-2) allowed three runs over five innings and lost to the Braves for the second time. It was the first appearance at Turner Field for the Georgia-born pitcher. Martin matched his career high with six strikeouts.
"Martin battled them," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "He was having some control problems, pitching deep in the count. He gave us a chance to stay in the game."
The Braves scored a run in the second inning with two outs when Medlen slapped a double over the head of right fielder Darin Ruf, enabling Pastornicky to score from first base.
"He hasn't played right field very much," Manuel said. "You've got to give him a pass and get him some experience."
Atlanta made the score 3-0 in the third inning on a two-run homer by Chris Johnson, his ninth. Justin Upton led off the inning with a double and scored ahead of Johnson, whose two-out fly ball hit the top of the fence in left-center field and bounced into the stands.
"(Martin) threw a lot of fastballs and Johnson timed one," Manuel said. "I thought he had him struck out on the pitch before."
The Phillies added a run in the sixth to make it 3-1. Utley doubled into the right-field corner and scored when Domonic Brown singled to center. Brown tried to stretch the hit into a double but was easily thrown out by Schafer.
"He was trying to do too much," Manuel said. "He was trying to be aggressive and make something happen."
The Phillies had only six hits, but made good contact much of the night.
"We hit 8-10 balls right on the screws," Manuel said. "We squared up on at least eight to 10 balls and only got one run."
NOTES: The Braves placed 2B Dan Uggla on the 15-day disabled list and recalled Pastornicky from Triple-A Gwinnett. Uggla has been complaining about vision problems and will have Lasik eye surgery. ... Atlanta LHP Paul Maholm (sprained forearm) will throw six innings or 90 pitches in a rehab appearance with Class A Rome on Saturday. He could be activated next week. ... The Braves had a moment of silence in memory of Ronald Lee Homer Jr., the fan who died after falling more than 60 feet at Turner Field on Monday night.