Kris Medlen shuts down the Dodgers for 7 2/3 innings Saturday and also homers to lift the Braves past the Dodgers, 2-1.
LOS ANGELES -- For whatever reason, Kris Medlen likes pitching against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
And not even the mighty Yasiel Puig could do anything about that Saturday night as Medlen, who grew up in nearby Artesia, Calif., continued his mastery of Los Angeles while pitching the Atlanta Braves to a 2-1 win.
Medlen improved to 3-0 against L.A. in eight games and three starts, steering the Braves through 7 2/3 shutout innings while giving up five hits.
On top of that, he also homered --- the first of his career in 95 at-bats --- in the fourth inning to help the cause.
And for one night, anyway, he managed to overshadow the Puigmania sweeping through baseball -- although the Cuban sensation did produce a now obligatory memorable moment, showing off his impressive throwing arm with a laser putout at third base to help keep the Dodgers in the game.
And while Puig did finish with two hits, including a hustling infield single in which he slid headfirst into first base to beat the throw, there were no dramatic home runs or RBIs.
Medlen and four Braves relieves made sure of that, with Mark Ellis striking out to end the game with Puig waiting on deck.
The Braves took a 2-0 lead in the inning on two home runs, one expected the other not so much.
Dan Uggla took Dodgers starter Stephen Fife deep into the left field pavilion with his 11th home run of the season and then Medlen homered off Fife one batter later to make it 2-0.
The inning could have been worse for Fife, but Puig made sure it wasn't by gunning down Atlanta's Andrelton Simmons while trying to advance to third on a single by Jason Heyward.
The Dodgers cut the lead in half in the bottom of the eighth when Hanley Ramirez came off the bench to deliver a pinch-single that drove in Nick Punto and made it 2-1.
Fife, who picked up his first career win last Sunday, was solid other than in the fifth and eventually pitched into the seventh while giving up two runs and nine hits.
Medlen had just two wins against six losses coming in but was pitching much better than the record indicated with a 3.14 ERA.
The problem is run support. The Braves had averaged 3.14 runs in his starts, the seventh lowest in the National League and the lowest in the NL East.
In fact, until his last start on June 3, the Braves were averaging just 2.51 runs in his starts.
NOTES: Dodgers SS Hanley Ramirez missed his third consecutive game with tightness in his left hamstring, but all indications point to him playing Sunday when the Dodgers wrap up their four-game series against the Braves. Ramirez has had a star-crossed season thus far, suffering a thumb injury during the World Baseball Classic that required surgery and sidelined him until early May. Then he suffered a hamstring strain four games into his return that wiped out the rest of the month. ... Dodgers starter Ted Lilly, still dealing with a nagging neck injury, is headed to the disabled list again as the team sorts out options to alleviating the chronic pain. Lilly was scheduled to start Sunday, and the Dodgers will delay an official move until then. It's expected that Matt McGill will be recalled from Triple-A to pick up the start. ... For the second day in a row, the Braves added a family touch to the 2013 First-Year Player draft, this time drafting the younger brother of current RF Jason Heyward in the 38th round. Just don't expect high school RF Jacob Heyward in a professional uniform anytime soon. As expected, the younger Heyward will honor his commitment to play at the University of Miami. "He's going to go to school, he's going to work hard, obviously do what he has to do school-wise," Jason Heyward said. "Go down and play some baseball, mature as baseball player, and we'll see what happens in three years." Jacob Heyward hit .333 with nine home runs and a team-high 42 RBIs this season at Eagles Landing Christian in suburban Atlanta.