Foltynewicz outduels Scherzer, Braves beat Nationals 7-1

ATLANTA (AP) It's too early for Braves manager Brian Snitker to make any proclamations for the 2018 season.

Atlanta has played six games and has four victories after winning a rare series against the two-time defending NL East champion Nationals.

''This week we played some really good baseball,'' Snitker said. ''We did a lot of really good things.''

Mike Foltynewicz outpitched Max Scherzer, Preston Tucker hit a three-run homer, and the Braves beat Washington 7-1 on Wednesday.

Foltynewicz (1-0) allowed four hits, one run and two walks with eight strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. He snapped an eight-start skid during which he went 0-7 with a 7.34 ERA, ending the major leagues' second-longest active losing streak.

''Just the team W is important,'' Foltynewicz said. ''I hadn't really thought about how many in a row we had lost with me going out there without getting a win.''

Scherzer (1-1) gave up six hits, two walks and five runs - two earned - in five innings. The three-time Cy Young Award winner struck out seven.

The Braves, with three straight seasons of at least 90 losses, are two games over .500 for the first time since April 22, 2015. They earned an uncommon second straight win over the Nationals, having gone 20-40 in the series over the last four years.

Foltynewicz was 2-2 with a 5.63 ERA in six career starts against Washington, but he got some breaks, including a big one with his bat, to get the win.

The Nationals cut the lead to 3-1 in the second when Foltynewicz hit Pedro Severino by a pitch and let him advance to second on a wild pitch. Severino scored on Scherzer's RBI single, but Foltynewicz picked off Scherzer at first to end the inning.

He benefited from a low called third strike against Severino to end the fourth with a runner at third. In the bottom half of the inning, Foltynewicz, a career .084 hitter, doubled to make it 5-1.

The Braves led 3-0 in the first when Freddie Freeman doubled, Nick Markakis reached on second baseman Wilmer Difo's fielding error, and Tucker hit a three-run homer in the first for the second straight game.

Scherzer dropped to 1-3 with 6.16 ERA in his last five starts against Atlanta.

''I got to two strikes and just didn't seem to put guys away,'' Scherzer said. ''It led to at-bats kind of getting extended. They were able to grind out their at-bats and get hits on pitches later in the at-bat that I just didn't execute as well.''

Nationals slugger Bryce Harper began the day hitting .400 with four homers, nine RBIs and seven walks in the first five games. He went 0 for 3 with two walks, two strikeouts, and he popped up with the bases loaded in the ninth.

Atlanta left-hander Sam Freeman faced one batter, striking out pinch hitter Ryan Zimmerman with the bases loaded to end the sixth. Freeman has no losses in 182 career appearances.

The Braves added two runs in the eighth.

HONORING KING

Joe Torre threw out the ceremonial first pitch and joined his 1968 Braves teammates, Ralph Garr and Felix Millan, beforehand to discuss Martin Luther King Jr.'s impact on society.

Torre, a Hall of Fame manager, said he still felt deeply affected on the 50th anniversary of King's assassination. The Braves were in Savannah for an exhibition game against the Richmond Braves when word came that King was dead at 39.

''There were a lot of stunned people,'' Torre said. ''There was a silence that was deafening. I do remember that. Somebody's life is snuffed out. It was frightening.''

Torre and Garr both met King, an Atlanta native and lifelong resident, at the ballpark during their stints with the Braves.

''For such a big voice, he wasn't that tall,'' Garr said with a smile. ''He was a little, short guy, but his voice just carried.''

Garr and Millan endured racism during their career, but both were grateful that baseball, having integrated with Jackie Robinson in 1947, felt less constrictive than everyday life.

''When I came to the United States, being Latino from Puerto Rico and black, it was bad for me,'' Millan said. ''Very bad, but thanks to my teammates, I was feeling better than I would feel in the South.''

BRAVES MOVE

Atlanta purchased the contract of RHP Luke Jackson from Triple-A Gwinnett and designated C Chris Stewart for assignment.

UP NEXT

Nationals: Play their first home game as RHP Stephen Strasburg (1-0) faces the New York Mets. Strasburg is 8-4 with a 2.64 ERA in 16 career starts in the series.

Braves: After an off day Thursday, they open a three-game road series with RHP Brandon McCarthy (1-0) facing Colorado. McCarthy is 0-2 with a 7.94 ERA in three career starts and one relief appearance at Coors Field.

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  • W: M. Foltynewicz (1-0)L: M. Scherzer (1-1)
  • HR: ATL - P. Tucker (2)
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A. Rendon 3B40100100.214.267.321.5882.0
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M. Adams 1B40100126.222.417.6671.0832.0
T. Turner SS30100113.261.414.391.8051.5
M. Taylor CF40100014.167.250.167.4172.5
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M. Scherzer P20110000.250.250.250.5002.0
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  • a-announced for Severino in the 6th
  • b-struck out for Goodwin in the 6th
  • c-hit by pitch for Gott in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
E. Inciarte CF30000112.231.276.269.5450.5
O. Albies 2B40000011.172.172.379.552-0.5
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N. Markakis RF41100022.320.414.520.9341.0
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R. Flaherty 3B41110012.435.500.6091.1093.5
C. Perez C30000123.000.250.000.2500.0
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P. Bourjos LF20000011.000.143.000.143-0.5
  • a-walked for Winkler in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Adams
  • RBI - M. Scherzer
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Scherzer
BATTING
  • 2B - F. Freeman 2 (3), R. Flaherty (4), M. Foltynewicz
  • HR - P. Tucker (2)
  • RBI - P. Tucker 3 (8), R. Flaherty (2), M. Foltynewicz 2 (2)
  • 2-Out RBI - P. Tucker 3 (4), M. Foltynewicz 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - M. Taylor (3)
  • Picked Off - M. Scherzer
FIELDING
  • E - W. Difo
  • PB - M. Montero
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Scherzer (L, 1-1)5.06522711.641.273.5
M. Grace2.00001303.600.606.5
T. Gott1.012111011.572.570.5
PITCHERSIP
M. Scherzer (L, 1-1)5.0
M. Grace2.0
T. Gott1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Foltynewicz (W, 1-0)5.14112802.611.1619.0
P. Moylan0.10002000.004.50-2.0
S. Freeman (H, 1)0.10000100.000.900.5
A. Minter1.10001000.000.672.0
D. Winkler0.21000100.000.82-0.5
A. Vizcaino1.01001200.001.332.0
PITCHERSIP
M. Foltynewicz (W, 1-0)5.1
P. Moylan0.1
S. Freeman (H, 1)0.1
A. Minter1.1
D. Winkler0.2
A. Vizcaino1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - M. Scherzer
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Scherzer 110-71, M. Grace 31-18, T. Gott 16-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Scherzer 2-7, M. Grace 1-2
  • Batters Faced - M. Scherzer 24, M. Grace 7, T. Gott 5
PITCHING
  • WP - M. Foltynewicz 2 (4)
  • HBP - M. Foltynewicz, A. Vizcaino
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Foltynewicz 95-54, P. Moylan 13-4, S. Freeman 6-3, A. Minter 20-9, D. Winkler 14-9, A. Vizcaino 24-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Foltynewicz 3-4, P. Moylan 1-0, A. Minter 1-3
  • Batters Faced - M. Foltynewicz 22, P. Moylan 3, S. Freeman, A. Minter 5, D. Winkler 3, A. Vizcaino 6
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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A. Rendon 3B40100100.214.267.321.5882.0
B. Harper RF30000223.333.5171.0001.5171.0
M. Adams 1B40100126.222.417.6671.0832.0
T. Turner SS30100113.261.414.391.8051.5
M. Taylor CF40100014.167.250.167.4172.5
W. Difo 2B30000124.182.357.273.6300.0
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  • a-announced for Severino in the 6th
  • b-struck out for Goodwin in the 6th
  • c-hit by pitch for Gott in the 9th
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O. Albies 2B40000011.172.172.379.552-0.5
F. Freeman 1B41200011.421.621.8951.5154.5
N. Markakis RF41100022.320.414.520.9341.0
P. Tucker LF22131112.429.455.8101.2649.5
P. Moylan P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
S. Freeman P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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A. Vizcaino P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
C. Culberson SS41100003.333.429.333.7622.0
R. Flaherty 3B41110012.435.500.6091.1093.5
C. Perez C30000123.000.250.000.2500.0
M. Foltynewicz P20120010.333.333.6671.0003.5
P. Bourjos LF20000011.000.143.000.143-0.5
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  • a-walked for Winkler in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Adams
  • RBI - M. Scherzer
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Scherzer
BATTING
  • 2B - F. Freeman 2 (3), R. Flaherty (4), M. Foltynewicz
  • HR - P. Tucker (2)
  • RBI - P. Tucker 3 (8), R. Flaherty (2), M. Foltynewicz 2 (2)
  • 2-Out RBI - P. Tucker 3 (4), M. Foltynewicz 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - M. Taylor (3)
  • Picked Off - M. Scherzer
FIELDING
  • E - W. Difo
  • PB - M. Montero
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Scherzer (L, 1-1)5.06522711.641.273.5
M. Grace2.00001303.600.606.5
T. Gott1.012111011.572.570.5
Total8.07734111---
PITCHERSIP
M. Scherzer (L, 1-1)5.0
M. Grace2.0
T. Gott1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Foltynewicz (W, 1-0)5.14112802.611.1619.0
P. Moylan0.10002000.004.50-2.0
S. Freeman (H, 1)0.10000100.000.900.5
A. Minter1.10001000.000.672.0
D. Winkler0.21000100.000.82-0.5
A. Vizcaino1.01001200.001.332.0
Total9.06116120---
PITCHERSIP
M. Foltynewicz (W, 1-0)5.1
P. Moylan0.1
S. Freeman (H, 1)0.1
A. Minter1.1
D. Winkler0.2
A. Vizcaino1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - M. Scherzer
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Scherzer 110-71, M. Grace 31-18, T. Gott 16-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Scherzer 2-7, M. Grace 1-2
  • Batters Faced - M. Scherzer 24, M. Grace 7, T. Gott 5
PITCHING
  • WP - M. Foltynewicz 2 (4)
  • HBP - M. Foltynewicz, A. Vizcaino
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Foltynewicz 95-54, P. Moylan 13-4, S. Freeman 6-3, A. Minter 20-9, D. Winkler 14-9, A. Vizcaino 24-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Foltynewicz 3-4, P. Moylan 1-0, A. Minter 1-3
  • Batters Faced - M. Foltynewicz 22, P. Moylan 3, S. Freeman, A. Minter 5, D. Winkler 3, A. Vizcaino 6
  • 8TH INNING
    Flaherty scored on passed ball17
    Flaherty doubled to left center, Adams scored16
  • 4TH INNING
    Foltynewicz doubled to left center, Tucker and Culberson scored15
  • 2ND INNING
    Scherzer singled to left, Severino scored13
  • 1ST INNING
    Tucker homered to right center, Freeman and Markakis scored03
  • 9TH INNING
    • Arodys Vizcaino pitching
    • Howie Kendrick hit for Trevor Gott
    • H. Kendrick: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Kendrick hit by pitch
    • M. Montero: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Montero struck out looking
    • A. Eaton: Foul, Ball, Ball, Eaton singled to center, Kendrick to second
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Rendon walked, Kendrick to third, Eaton to second
    • B. Harper: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Harper popped out to shortstop
    • M. Adams: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Adams struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • A. Minter Pitching:
    • B. Harper: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Harper walked
    • M. Adams: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Adams flied out to center
    • Dan Winkler relieved A.J. Minter
    • T. Turner: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Turner singled to center, Harper to second
    • M. Taylor: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Taylor flied out to center
    • W. Difo: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Difo struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Trevor Gott relieved Matt Grace
    • Lane Adams hit for Dan Winkler
    • L. Adams: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Adams walked
    • C. Culberson: Culberson flied out to right
    • R. Flaherty: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Flaherty doubled to left center, Adams scored
    • C. Perez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Perez lined out to second
    • P. Bourjos: Flaherty scored on passed ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bourjos struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
  • 7TH INNING
    • A.J. Minter relieved Sam Freeman
    • M. Montero: Montero lined out to left
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Eaton grounded out to second
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Ball, Rendon fouled out to first
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Grace Pitching:
    • O. Albies: Strike looking, Albies grounded out to third
    • F. Freeman: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Freeman struck out swinging
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Markakis struck out looking
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
    • B. Harper: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Harper struck out swinging
    • M. Adams: Ball, Strike looking, Adams doubled to deep right center
    • Peter Moylan pitching
    • Peter Bourjos in left
    • T. Turner: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Turner walked
    • M. Taylor: Ball, Taylor reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Adams to third, Turner out at second
    • W. Difo: Ball, Taylor stole second, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Difo walked
    • Brian Goodwin hit for Pedro Severino
    • Sam Freeman relieved Peter Moylan
    • Ryan Zimmerman hit for Brian Goodwin
    • R. Zimmerman: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Zimmerman struck out looking
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Miguel Montero catching
    • Matt Grace pitching
    • R. Flaherty: Strike looking, Flaherty popped out to shortstop
    • C. Perez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Perez walked
    • P. Bourjos: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Bourjos flied out to deep right
    • E. Inciarte: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Inciarte struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
    • M. Scherzer: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Scherzer lined out to center
    • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Eaton struck out swinging
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Rendon grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • O. Albies: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Albies flied out to left
    • F. Freeman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Freeman doubled to deep right center
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Markakis singled to left center, Freeman to third
    • P. Tucker: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Tucker struck out swinging
    • C. Culberson: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Culberson flied out to center
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
    • M. Adams: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Adams walked
    • T. Turner: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Turner flied out to center
    • M. Taylor: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Taylor singled to right center, Adams to third
    • W. Difo: Ball, Difo popped out to shortstop
    • P. Severino: Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Severino struck out looking
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • P. Tucker: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Tucker walked
    • C. Culberson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Culberson singled to left center, Tucker to second
    • R. Flaherty: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Flaherty struck out swinging
    • C. Perez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
    • M. Foltynewicz: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foltynewicz doubled to left center, Tucker and Culberson scored
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Foltynewicz to third on wild pitch, Foul, Foul, Inciarte fouled out to third
    • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Eaton grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Ball, Rendon grounded out to shortstop
    • B. Harper: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Harper struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • E. Inciarte: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Inciarte walked
    • O. Albies: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Foul, Albies flied out to deep left
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Freeman popped out to third
    • N. Markakis: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Markakis struck out looking
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
    • M. Taylor: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
    • W. Difo: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Difo struck out looking
    • P. Severino: Strike looking, Ball, Severino hit by pitch
    • M. Scherzer: Ball, Severino to second on wild pitch, Ball, Strike looking, Scherzer singled to left, Severino scored
    • A. Eaton: Strike swinging, Scherzer picked off at first, catcher to first
    • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • R. Flaherty: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Flaherty flied out to center
    • C. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
    • M. Foltynewicz: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foltynewicz struck out looking
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Ball, Eaton flied out to deep center
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Ball, Rendon reached on an infield single to second
    • B. Harper: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Harper walked, Rendon to second
    • M. Adams: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Adams struck out swinging
    • T. Turner: Foul, Ball, Rendon to third, Harper to second on wild pitch, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Turner struck out looking
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • E. Inciarte: Foul, Foul, Ball, Inciarte flied out to center
    • O. Albies: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Albies struck out swinging
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Freeman doubled to deep right center
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Markakis safe at first on 2nd baseman Difo fielding error, Freeman to third
    • P. Tucker: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Tucker homered to right center, Freeman and Markakis scored
    • C. Culberson: Strike swinging, Culberson grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 1st (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)