Much better. The Tigers took the lead in the first, as Medlen wasn’t fooling anyone — well, he struck out the leadoff man on four pitches, but after that he allowed three singles to plate a run, and one of his outs was to the warning track. But after that, he mostly shut the Tigers down, allowing three hits (two of them doubles) and walking only one in the next five and two-thirds.
The Braves’ hitters were facing that dread force, the rookie lefthander making his first start. And he was pretty strong, really. The Braves put together three singles in the second, with Melky (Melky!) singling home Yunel. McCann hit a homer, the 100th of his career, to just left of center in the fourth to give the Braves the lead. That turned out to be enough. Folk Hero Brooks Conrad added a pinch-hit homer in the eighth for a little insurance.
After issuing his first walk, Medlen left the game for O’Flaherty, who walked the next man but got a grounder to end it. Moylan got two in the eighth, then Venters came in and struck out the next guy. Billy Wagner picked up his 400th career save with little trouble, capping it with his second strikeout.