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PHILADELPHIA - Brian McCann and National League batting leader Chris Johnson hit back-to-back homers Friday night, as the Atlanta Braves extended their winning streak to eight games with a 6-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.

Johnson, who went 2-for-4, extended his hitting streak to 11 games. It was also his eighth straight multihit game, the longest such streak by a Brave since the team moved to Atlanta in 1966.

McCann, whose homer was his 16th of the season, also had two hits, as did Jason Heyward. In all the NL East leaders pounded out 10 hits. They are averaging seven runs a game during their winning streak.

Darin Ruf, Delmon Young and Chase Utley homered for the Phillies, who have lost three straight and 11 of their last 12.

Atlanta's Kris Medlen (8-10) allowed four runs and six hits over six innings to win his second straight start. He struck out eight and walked one in beating the Phillies for the first time in three decisions this season.

David Carpenter and Jordan Walden each worked a perfect inning in relief, with Carpenter striking out side and Walden fanning two.

Craig Kimbrel then pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his 32nd save, striking out two.

That inning also saw Phillies manager Charlie Manuel and shortstop Jimmy Rollins ejected for arguing that Young foul-tipped a ball, as opposed to swinging and missing for strike three.

In all Atlanta pitchers struck out 15.

Ethan Martin (0-1), making his major league debut for Philadelphia, allowed six runs and eight hits over 4 1/3 innings, including the homers by McCann and Johnson in the fifth. He struck out six and walked three.

Delmon Young and Ruf hit back-to-back homers in the second, staking the Phillies to a 2-0 lead.

The Braves countered with Heyward's RBI single in the third and then exploded for five runs in the fifth, taking a 6-2 lead and knocking Martin out of the game.

McCann and Johnson hit their back-to-back homers in the inning, with McCann's a two-run blast. Justin Upton contributed an RBI single and Joey Terdoslavich drove in a run with a double.

NOTES: The Phillies hit back-to-back homers in a game for the eighth time this season and the Braves did it for the seventh time. ... The Phillies announced that LHP John Lannan will start Saturday against Atlanta and LHP Cliff Lee will start Sunday. Lee missed his start last Saturday in Detroit with a stiff neck. ... The Phillies placed RHP Jonathan Pettibone on the disabled list with a shoulder strain, designated RHP J.C. Ramirez for assignment and selected the contract of RHP Zach Miner from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. ... RHP Curt Schilling was inducted into the Phillies' Wall of Fame before the game. ... Braves OF B.J. Upton, out since July 13 with a right adductor strain, began an injury rehab assignment by going 3-for-4 on Wednesday at Triple-A Gwinnett. ... Atlanta C Gerald Laird, who last played July 25, underwent a procedure on Wednesday to remove a kidney stone.
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