Chris Stewart (baseball)

Foltynewicz outduels Scherzer, Braves beat Nationals 7-1

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...