The 33-year-old right-hander struck out 268 batters in 200 2/3 innings last season to lead the National League and has more strikeouts than any other pitcher since 2012.

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Foltynewicz (0-0, 3.60) can get strikeouts as well, fanning 143 in 152 innings last year in his first full season in the majors, but that he is still learning his craft was shown by his uneven 2017.
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Foltynewicz gave up two homers in five innings, but struck out seven and one of his three runs was unearned.

I thought he was really good, Braves manager Brian Snitker said. His stuff was live and he was competing. It was a good, positive outing.

Facing the high-scoring Nationals will be a challenge, though. Foltynewicz was Womens Ryan Fitzpatrick Jersey 1-2 with a 6.64 ERA in four games against them last year and is 2-2 with a 5.63 ERA in six career outings.

The Braves play the Nationals again next week in Washington as part of a nine-game road trip that begins Thursday in Colorado. The Nationals’ home opener is Thursday against the New York Mets.

Harper’s second-inning shot off Sean Newcomb (0-1) to center field gave the Nationals a 5-0 lead. He also drew four walks and scored three runs.

Harper has three homers — including two in his last two at-bats during Sunday’s 6-5 win at Cincinnati — and seven RBI. He reached in eight consecutive plate appearances, two shy of the Nationals record, before grounding out in the ninth.

Harper said he wasn’t far off a chance to homer in four straight at-bats.

Mel Blount Authentic Jersey I got a pitch I could absolutely drive and just topped it a little bit, he said.

First-year manager Dave Martinez wasn’t about to complain.

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