PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Ethan Martin got off to a good start in his major-league debut Friday night.
Facing the Atlanta Braves, the team he grew up rooting for, the 24-year-old struck out five through his first three innings while allowing just one run and two hits.
But after escaping a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the fourth, he struggled in a five-run fifth inning and took the loss as the Philadelphia Phillies fell 6-4 to the Braves.
``I was pretty nervous at the start,' Martin said. ``It's been my dream my whole life. I was thinking, `Wow, this is against a team I grew up watching. ... After the first I calmed down a little. The adrenaline was still going but I was trying to stay within myself. I stepped off the mound and tried to calm down.'
Brian McCann and Chris Johnson hit consecutive homers in the fifth inning to lead the Braves to their eighth straight win as the Phillies suffered their 11th defeat in 13 games since the All-Star break.
Darin Ruf, Delmon Young and Chase Utley homered for Philadelphia.
McCann's two-run shot gave the Braves a 4-2 lead just two batters after Justin Upton tied it on an RBI single. Johnson's homer gave the Braves a 5-2 lead.
``(It was) just a mistake pitch,' Martin said of McCann's homer. ``They'll make you pay for mistakes.'
Johnson extended his hitting streak to 11 games with his seventh homer. He also had a seventh-inning double to extend his streak of multihit games to eight games. It is the most for any Braves player since the franchise moved to Atlanta in 1966.
Kris Medlen (8-10) earned the victory, going six innings while giving up six hits and four runs, including three solo homers. He struck out eight and walked one.
David Carpenter struck out the Philadelphia side in the seventh, Jordan Walden fanned two in the eighth and Craig Kimbrel got two in the ninth for his NL-best 32nd save.
Martin (0-1) left after retiring just one batter in the fifth inning. He allowed six runs and eight hits.
``He was really pumped up. He had a lot of adrenaline going,' Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. ``I liked his stuff. I liked everything about him. For his first big-league game, he did good.'
Ruf gave the Phillies a 1-0 lead in the second inning when he sent a full-count fastball into the left-field bleachers for his third home run of the season.
On the next pitch, Delmon Young hit one out to right to make it 2-0.
Jason Heyward got the Braves on the board with an RBI single in the third.
Utley homered and Cody Asche added an RBI groundout in the sixth to close out the scoring.
Manuel and shortstop Jimmy Rollins were ejected in the ninth inning arguing an apparent foul tip by Young that was called strike three.
``I saw it or I wouldn't have gone out there,' Manuel said. ``It hit the ground. The umpire at first said he saw him catch it. ... I wasn't going to come back to the dugout embarrassed.'
Notes: Ruf has reached base in 30 straight games, going back to last season - the longest active streak in the majors. He's hit .310 over that span, with 15 of 31 hits going for extra bases. ... Philadelphia placed rookie RHP Jonathan Pettibone (5-4, 4.04 ERA) on the 15-day disabled list prior to the game with a right shoulder strain. The Phillies also designated RHP J.C. Ramirez for assignment and promoted RHP Zach Miner from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. ... Curt Schilling, who spent eight-plus seasons of his 20-year career with the Phillies, was inducted into the Philadelphia Baseball Wall of Fame prior to the game. ... John Lannan (3-4, 4.10 ERA) will start Saturday for Philadelphia on three days' rest. Lannan has never pitched on short rest in his career. ... Cliff Lee, scratched from his last start with a stiff neck, will take the mound Sunday for the Phillies.
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