|Atlanta Braves (65-47) at New York Mets (54-59)||7:10 PM ET|
|Season||Rd/Hm||Last Start||Last 3 App|
|K. Medlen (R)||2||2-1||2.37||5.1||1-0||2.08||8/5||HOU||ND||5.1||5||1||1-0||13.1||1.35|
|J. Santana (L)||19||6-7||3.98||6.1||4-3||2.90||7/20||LAD||L||3.0||7||6||0-3||12.2||13.50|
The 33-year-old Venezuelan improved to 6-4 on the season with eight innings of scoreless ball in a 5-0 defeat of the Los Angeles Dodgers on June 30, then lost three straight decisions - allowing 28 hits and 19 runs in 12 2/3 innings - before he was shelved with a sprained right ankle on July 21.
Santana dropped a 6-1 decision to the Braves and fell to 3-8 lifetime against them on July 15 at Turner Field, when he was touched for eight hits and six runs in five innings.
In 15 career starts against Atlanta, he's posted a 2.99 earned run average and struck out 69 batters in 90 1/3 innings.
Santana is 4-3 in 10 home starts this season with a pair of complete-game shutouts - including a June 1 no-hitter against St. Louis that was the first in Mets history.
In Friday's series opener, Paul Maholm fired his fourth career shutout Friday as the Braves blanked the Mets, 4-0.
Maholm (10-7), who was acquired from the Chicago Cubs before the non-waiver trade deadline, allowed just three hits and struck out five without walking a batter to earn his first victory as a Brave.
"Obviously it's pretty good to get off to a good start with a new team," Maholm said. "To get a complete game in my first win is a lot of fun."