ATLANTA — The Atlanta Braves avoided another late-game collapse in the National League Division Series on Friday with a great effort by starting pitcher Mike Foltynewicz. The team cruised to a 3-0 win to even the series at 1-1 with the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 2.
Ozzie Albeis got on base with an infield single to start the game, and Josh Donaldson connected with an RBI single in the bottom of the first inning to give the Braves an early 1-0 lead.
The Braves finished the game with eight hits, but Adam Duvall's two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning gave Atlanta breathing room and proved too much for the Cardinals to overcome.
Defensively, the Braves played a clean game despite Albies' early error in the second inning.
Foltynewicz, who was recalled to the Braves organization in June, had one of his best games of the season. The right-handed pitcher threw seven scoreless innings with an impressive seven strikeouts.
Manager Brian Snitker had much praise for Foltynewicz who endured a difficult regular season by being sent down to Triple-A a little over three months ago.
"It's pretty cool to see for a guy who has went through what he's went through this year and where he's come back from - the rough start that he's had, and to see him step up like that is really special," he said.
Mike Soroka will be on the bump for the Braves in Game 3 Sunday against Adam Wainwright.