Mike Foltynewicz gives up 2 more HR, Pirates beat Braves 6-1

PITTSBURGH (AP) Another disappointing outing by Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz may have been the final straw to end Dallas Keuchel's extended free agency.

Foltynewicz allowed consecutive home runs to Colin Moran and Gregory Polanco in the second inning of a 6-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates - another subpar performance for the 2018 All-Star - and Atlanta agreed to terms on a deal with Keuchel hours later, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday night because the agreement had not been finalized.

Foltynewicz (1-5) has allowed 15 home runs, one shy of NL leader Kyle Freeland of Colorado. He gave up three runs, six hits and one walk in six innings, lowering his ERA from 6.10 to 5.89.

Braves manager Brian Snitker said he has faith the 27-year-old Foltynewicz can regain his form.

''He's just a click away,'' Snitker said. ''He's left pitches over the middle of the plate. You do that, they get whacked. After all that - that was the second inning - then he started making pitches.''

The front office isn't being so patient. Keuchel is likely to begin his Braves tenure in the minors as he builds up arm strength and stamina - something he can do because he has minor league options left - but he's expected to join the Braves' rotation in the near future.

Keuchel's contract would include a salary of about $21 million, and the 2015 AL Cy Young Award winner would get a prorated share of that because only about 115 days will remain in the 186-day season.

A 31-year-old left-hander, Keuchel was 12-11 with a 3.74 ERA in 34 starts last season for Houston and turned down a $17.9 million qualifying offer in November.

Moran gave the Pirates a 2-1 lead with a two-run drive above the Clemente Wall in right field, his eighth home run this season. Three pitches later, Polanco sent a curveball into the last row of the right-field seats.

''In starts past, I wouldn't have gotten through the third or maybe that inning,'' Foltynewicz said. ''I really felt like I got stronger as the game went on. I felt better and better every inning I went out. So it was something to go off of there in the second inning. I'm really glad I stopped the bleeding.''

Atlanta allowed 18 runs while losing two of three to the Pirates. Foltynewicz and Kevin Gausman, the loser in Wednesday's 7-4 defeat, are a combined 3-9.

Josh Bell had three doubles, increasing his major league-leading total to 25, and had two RBIs to take sole possession of the big league lead with 58.

Chris Archer (3-5) gave up one run and six hits in six innings, a turnaround after he yielded at least three runs in each of his previous five starts.

''It was nice to get a series win against a really good club, a really good lineup,'' Archer said. ''I think it did something for this clubhouse. We're looking forward to rolling into Milwaukee with that swagger that we have.''

Felipe Vazquez got four outs for his 15th save in 16 chances. He entered with a 3-1 lead and a runner on in the eighth, then retired Nick Markakis on a foulout. After Atlanta loaded the bases in the ninth on a single and a pair of walks, Vazquez struck out Dansby Swanson on three pitches for the final out.

Bell, who had started June in a 2-for-14 slide, hit a two-run double off Jacob Webb in the bottom half and scored on Elias Diaz's double.

''It was just watching video, seeing what was going right when I was on there for a little bit and then just trying to get back there,'' Bell said.

Freddie Freeman put Atlanta ahead in the first with his 16th home run.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Pirates: RHP Trevor Williams (right side strain) is tentatively scheduled to make his first minor league injury rehabilitation start on June 13. ... LF Corey Dickerson (right shoulder strain) said he is traveling with the team to Milwaukee but he does not know when he will be activated from the IL. He hit .182 in nine rehab games with Triple-A Indianapolis.

UP NEXT

Braves: RHP Mike Soroka (6-1, 1.41 ERA) will start a three-game series at Miami. The rookie has allowed three earned runs or fewer in all nine starts this season and has won six straight decisions.

Pirates: RHP Rookie Davis (0-0, 5.87 ERA) will make his first start with Pittsburgh to start a 10-game trip at Milwaukee. The former Cincinnati Reds prospect hasn't started in the majors since Sept. 20, 2017. He was 1-3 with a 5.35 ERA in seven starts in Indianapolis.

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PIT30-31
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  • W: C. Archer (3-5)L: M. Foltynewicz (1-5)S: F. Vazquez (15)
  • HR: ATL - F. Freeman (16), PIT - G. Polanco (6), C. Moran (8)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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R. Acuna CF40100111.280.366.470.8361.5
D. Swanson SS40000023.265.318.500.818-1.0
F. Freeman 1B31111100.307.393.580.9737.0
J. Donaldson 3B40000012.248.364.436.8001.5
N. Markakis RF40000003.265.355.409.7640.0
A. Riley LF40200020.329.369.6961.0651.0
B. McCann C30200000.281.342.427.7693.0
a- T. Flowers PH00000100.248.315.434.7481.0
O. Albies 2B30100114.260.321.402.7231.5
M. Foltynewicz P20000013.071.071.071.143-0.5
b- M. Joyce PH0000-000.278.371.481.000-
c- J. Camargo PH10000002.217.262.339.6010.0
S. Newcomb P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Webb P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
d- C. Culberson PH10000002.370.400.6521.0520.0
  • a-walked for McCann in the 9th
  • b-announced for Foltynewicz in the 7th
  • c-grounded into a double play for Joyce in the 7th
  • d-flied out for Webb in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
K. Newman 2B-3B40000013.294.345.394.739-0.5
B. Reynolds LF41200010.346.404.549.9532.5
S. Marte CF40000003.279.322.450.7720.0
J. Bell 1B42320000.338.398.6921.09110.0
C. Moran 3B31121011.280.339.478.8176.5
F. Liriano P0000-0001.0001.0001.000.000-
E. Diaz C10110000.298.321.375.6963.0
G. Polanco RF41111021.260.317.466.7835.0
C. Tucker SS30100010.198.246.324.5701.5
J. Stallings C20000100.214.241.214.4561.0
F. Vazquez P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
C. Archer P10000010.063.118.063.180-0.5
A. Frazier 2B11100000.252.315.358.6732.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - B. McCann (5)
    • HR - F. Freeman (16)
    • SH - D. Swanson
    • RBI - F. Freeman (38)
    • 2-Out RBI - F. Freeman (13)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Acuna, D. Swanson 3 (3), N. Markakis 3 (3), M. Foltynewicz 3 (3)
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Bell 3 (25), E. Diaz (5), C. Tucker (8)
    • HR - C. Moran (8), G. Polanco (6)
    • SH - C. Archer (2)
    • RBI - J. Bell 2 (56), C. Moran 2 (32), E. Diaz (16), G. Polanco (17)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Bell 2 (17), E. Diaz (6)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Moran, G. Polanco
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - J. Donaldson
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Donaldson-Albies; Albies-Swanson-Freeman)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Newman-Frazier-Bell)
    • E - K. Newman (5)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Foltynewicz (L, 1-5)6.06331525.891.268.5
    S. Newcomb1.01110103.041.501.5
    J. Webb1.03220102.891.29-1.5
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Foltynewicz (L, 1-5)6.0
    S. Newcomb1.0
    J. Webb1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Archer (W, 3-5)6.06112615.201.4522.0
    F. Liriano (H, 5)1.20000101.211.043.5
    F. Vazquez (S, 15)1.11002102.301.217.5
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Archer (W, 3-5)6.0
    F. Liriano (H, 5)1.2
    F. Vazquez (S, 15)1.1
    PITCHING
    • WP - J. Webb (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Foltynewicz 99-61, S. Newcomb 13-11, J. Webb 29-18
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Foltynewicz 5-6, S. Newcomb 1-1
    • Batters Faced - M. Foltynewicz 23, S. Newcomb 4, J. Webb 6
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Archer 97-67, F. Liriano 15-11, F. Vazquez 25-12
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Archer 8-4, F. Liriano 2-2
    • Batters Faced - C. Archer 26, F. Liriano 5, F. Vazquez 7
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    ATL33-29
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    R. Acuna CF40100111.280.366.470.8361.5
    D. Swanson SS40000023.265.318.500.818-1.0
    F. Freeman 1B31111100.307.393.580.9737.0
    J. Donaldson 3B40000012.248.364.436.8001.5
    N. Markakis RF40000003.265.355.409.7640.0
    A. Riley LF40200020.329.369.6961.0651.0
    B. McCann C30200000.281.342.427.7693.0
    a- T. Flowers PH00000100.248.315.434.7481.0
    O. Albies 2B30100114.260.321.402.7231.5
    M. Foltynewicz P20000013.071.071.071.143-0.5
    b- M. Joyce PH0000-000.278.371.481.000-
    c- J. Camargo PH10000002.217.262.339.6010.0
    S. Newcomb P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    J. Webb P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    d- C. Culberson PH10000002.370.400.6521.0520.0
    Total3317114820-----
    • a-walked for McCann in the 9th
    • b-announced for Foltynewicz in the 7th
    • c-grounded into a double play for Joyce in the 7th
    • d-flied out for Webb in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    K. Newman 2B-3B40000013.294.345.394.739-0.5
    B. Reynolds LF41200010.346.404.549.9532.5
    S. Marte CF40000003.279.322.450.7720.0
    J. Bell 1B42320000.338.398.6921.09110.0
    C. Moran 3B31121011.280.339.478.8176.5
    F. Liriano P0000-0001.0001.0001.000.000-
    E. Diaz C10110000.298.321.375.6963.0
    G. Polanco RF41111021.260.317.466.7835.0
    C. Tucker SS30100010.198.246.324.5701.5
    J. Stallings C20000100.214.241.214.4561.0
    F. Vazquez P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    C. Archer P10000010.063.118.063.180-0.5
    A. Frazier 2B11100000.252.315.358.6732.0
    Total3161062178-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - B. McCann (5)
      • HR - F. Freeman (16)
      • SH - D. Swanson
      • RBI - F. Freeman (38)
      • 2-Out RBI - F. Freeman (13)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Acuna, D. Swanson 3 (3), N. Markakis 3 (3), M. Foltynewicz 3 (3)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Bell 3 (25), E. Diaz (5), C. Tucker (8)
      • HR - C. Moran (8), G. Polanco (6)
      • SH - C. Archer (2)
      • RBI - J. Bell 2 (56), C. Moran 2 (32), E. Diaz (16), G. Polanco (17)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Bell 2 (17), E. Diaz (6)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Moran, G. Polanco
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Donaldson
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Donaldson-Albies; Albies-Swanson-Freeman)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Newman-Frazier-Bell)
      • E - K. Newman (5)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Foltynewicz (L, 1-5)6.06331525.891.268.5
      S. Newcomb1.01110103.041.501.5
      J. Webb1.03220102.891.29-1.5
      Total8.01066172---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Foltynewicz (L, 1-5)6.0
      S. Newcomb1.0
      J. Webb1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Archer (W, 3-5)6.06112615.201.4522.0
      F. Liriano (H, 5)1.20000101.211.043.5
      F. Vazquez (S, 15)1.11002102.301.217.5
      Total9.0711481---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Archer (W, 3-5)6.0
      F. Liriano (H, 5)1.2
      F. Vazquez (S, 15)1.1
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Webb (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Foltynewicz 99-61, S. Newcomb 13-11, J. Webb 29-18
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Foltynewicz 5-6, S. Newcomb 1-1
      • Batters Faced - M. Foltynewicz 23, S. Newcomb 4, J. Webb 6
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Archer 97-67, F. Liriano 15-11, F. Vazquez 25-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Archer 8-4, F. Liriano 2-2
      • Batters Faced - C. Archer 26, F. Liriano 5, F. Vazquez 7
      • 8TH INNING
        Diaz doubled to deep right, Bell scored16
        Bell doubled to deep center, Frazier and Reynolds scored15
      • 2ND INNING
        Polanco homered to right13
        Moran homered to right center, Bell scored12
      • 1ST INNING
        Freeman homered to center10
      • 9TH INNING
        • F. Vazquez Pitching:
        • A. Riley: Foul, Riley singled to center
        • Tyler Flowers hit for Brian McCann
        • T. Flowers: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Flowers walked, Riley to second
        • O. Albies: Ball, Ball, Albies flied out to right
        • Charlie Culberson hit for Jacob Webb
        • C. Culberson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Culberson flied out to shallow right
        • R. Acuna: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Acuna walked, Riley to third, Flowers to second
        • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Swanson struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • F. Liriano Pitching:
        • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Swanson struck out swinging
        • F. Freeman: Freeman popped out to pitcher
        • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Donaldson safe at first on 3rd baseman Newman throwing error
        • Felipe Vazquez pitching
        • Elias Diaz catching
        • N. Markakis: Ball, Donaldson stole second, Markakis fouled out to third
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
        • S. Newcomb Pitching:
        • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Frazier singled to center
        • Jacob Webb relieved Sean Newcomb
        • K. Newman: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Newman flied out to deep right
        • B. Reynolds: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Reynolds reached on an infield single to shortstop, Frazier to second
        • S. Marte: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Marte flied out to right
        • J. Bell: Bell doubled to deep center, Frazier and Reynolds scored
        • E. Diaz: Strike swinging, Bell to third on wild pitch, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Diaz doubled to deep right, Bell scored
        • G. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • C. Archer Pitching:
        • B. McCann: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, McCann doubled to deep center
        • O. Albies: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Albies walked
        • Matt Joyce hit for Mike Foltynewicz
        • Adam Frazier at second base
        • Johan Camargo hit for Matt Joyce
        • Francisco Liriano pitching
        • J. Camargo: Camargo grounded into double play third to second to first, McCann to third, Albies out at second
        • R. Acuna: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Acuna flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Sean Newcomb pitching
        • G. Polanco: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
        • C. Tucker: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Tucker grounded out to third
        • J. Stallings: Ball, Stallings lined out to right
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • C. Archer Pitching:
        • J. Donaldson: Donaldson grounded out to third
        • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Markakis grounded out to first
        • A. Riley: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Riley struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
        • S. Marte: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Marte lined out to left
        • J. Bell: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Bell flied out to deep right
        • C. Moran: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Moran struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • C. Archer Pitching:
        • R. Acuna: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Acuna lined out to shortstop
        • D. Swanson: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Swanson lined out to second
        • F. Freeman: Ball, Freeman lined out to right
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
        • C. Archer: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Archer struck out swinging
        • K. Newman: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Newman struck out looking
        • B. Reynolds: Ball, Ball, Reynolds lined out to center
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • C. Archer Pitching:
        • A. Riley: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Riley struck out swinging
        • B. McCann: Ball, McCann grounded out to shortstop
        • O. Albies: Ball, Foul, Albies singled to right
        • M. Foltynewicz: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Foltynewicz struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
        • G. Polanco: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Polanco grounded out to second
        • C. Tucker: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Tucker struck out swinging
        • J. Stallings: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Stallings flied out to left
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • C. Archer Pitching:
        • R. Acuna: Strike looking, Ball, Acuna singled to right center
        • D. Swanson: Ball, Swanson hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Acuna to second
        • F. Freeman: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Freeman walked
        • J. Donaldson: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Donaldson struck out looking
        • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Markakis flied out to left
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
        • B. Reynolds: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Reynolds reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • S. Marte: Pickoff attempt, Marte grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Reynolds out at second
        • J. Bell: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Bell doubled to deep right
        • C. Moran: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Moran grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • C. Archer Pitching:
        • N. Markakis: Ball, Markakis grounded out to second
        • A. Riley: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Riley singled to left
        • B. McCann: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, McCann singled to deep right, Riley to third
        • O. Albies: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Albies struck out swinging
        • M. Foltynewicz: Foul, Strike swinging, Foltynewicz reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, McCann out at second
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
        • J. Bell: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Bell doubled to deep right
        • C. Moran: Moran homered to right center, Bell scored
        • G. Polanco: Ball, Foul, Polanco homered to right
        • C. Tucker: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Tucker doubled to deep right center
        • J. Stallings: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Stallings walked
        • C. Archer: Archer hit sacrifice bunt to first, Tucker to third, Stallings to second
        • K. Newman: Strike looking, Newman lined into double play third to second, Stallings out at second
        • End of the 2nd (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • C. Archer Pitching:
        • R. Acuna: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Acuna struck out looking
        • D. Swanson: Swanson grounded out to third
        • F. Freeman: Ball, Foul, Ball, Freeman homered to center
        • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Donaldson grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
        • K. Newman: Strike looking, Newman grounded out to third
        • B. Reynolds: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Reynolds struck out swinging
        • S. Marte: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Marte flied out to deep center
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)