The Braves had beaten the Marlins seven consecutive times and 17 of the past 20 before Tuesday, when for a while in the sixth inning it looked as if they might let the visitors off the mat and give them a chance to end the streak.

But Chris Johnson had other ideas.

Johnson’s two-out, bases-loaded double broke open a 3-3 game and keyed a four-run sixth inning, propelling the Braves to an 11-3 rout in a series opener at Turner Field, where they improved to 4-0 on a six-game homestand.

“That’s what it’s about,” Johnson said. “I’ve not gotten the guy in this year (in some cases) when it was my turn, too. So I was just trying to pick up the guys in front of me (who struck out). That’s just part of being a complete ballclub.”

Johnson, Justin Upton and Brian McCann had three hits apiece, and Kris Medlen (6-7) got his fifth win in six starts, along with the first multihit game of his career with a bunt single and a double in two plate appearances.

Andrelton Simmons and Freddie Freeman also had two hits apiece for the Braves, whose first five batters were a combined 10-for-22 with eight runs and six RBIs. And that was with No. 2 hitter Jason Heyward going 0-for-4.

“Yeah, it became a party,” Simmons said of the offensive flurry. “We got a couple of fortunate hits, a couple of big hits. It was a mixture of every single one (in the lineup). It was good to see.”
They had seven extra-base hits among 16 total hits, the most hits and runs the Braves had all season without a homer.

“We split the gaps (for extra-base hits),” said manager Fredi Gonzalez, whose Braves improved their majors-best home record to 29-11 and their National League East lead to seven games, the largest division lead in the majors. “I thought the biggest double was Chris Johnson’s with the bases loaded.”

The Braves loaded the bases with none out in the sixth on three singles against left-hander Dan Jennings, then righty Ryan Webb struck out Dan Uggla and Reed Johnson.

“I thought Webb was going to get out of that inning,” Gonzalez said. “Chris put up a good at-bat and snuck that ball right inside the first baseline and gave us not only two runs, but a couple more opportunities to put a big number up.”

The Braves got four hits in the inning on six hits, three of which never left the infield. The double Johnson punched down the right-field line brought a collective sigh of relief for the Braves. And the commenced to unload upon Miami pitchers.