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ATLANTA, GA - JULY 31: Members of the Atlanta Braves celebrate after the game against the Miami Marlins at Turner Field on July 31, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

ATLANTA, GA – JULY 31: Members of the Atlanta Braves celebrate after the game against the Miami Marlins at Turner Field on July 31, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Kris Medlen had a successful return to the rotation, Brian McCann homered and the Atlanta Braves beat the Miami Marlins 7-1 on Tuesday night for their seventh straight win.

Atlanta has won 10 of 13 to close within 2½ games of first-place Washington in the NL East following the Nationals’ 8-0 loss to Philadelphia.

Rain delayed the game 1 hour, 53 minutes before the start of the sixth inning.

Medlen (2-1) allowed four hits, one run and one walk with three strikeouts in five innings. He made his first start since receiving no-decision in an 8-3 win over the New York Mets on Aug. 4, 2010.

McCann’s 18th homer, a solo shot, gave the Braves a 4-1 lead in the third. In his last 19 games, McCann has nine homers and 20 RBIs.

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