Sean Newcomb kept striking out Mets batters even when he couldn't rely on his big curveball.
For Braves manager Brian Snitker, that was an encouraging sign about the rookie lefthander's future.
Newcomb recorded eight strikeouts, including five straight, and Atlanta beat Rafael Montero and the New York Mets 3-2 on Friday night.
Newcomb, 6 feet 5, 255 pounds, relied on his strong fastball. When he didn't have a good feel on his curveball, he had to put a bigger emphasis on his changeup.
It was a confidence-building night for the 24-year-old and his manager.
"You see what the kid is capable of," Snitker said. "He's getting better."...