MLB roundup: Strasburg, Scherzer lead Nats past Dodgers
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Mike Foltynewicz, banished to the minor leagues earlier this year, fired seven shutout innings to help Atlanta Braves beat the visiting St. Louis Cardinals 3-0 and even the National League Division Series at one game apiece Friday afternoon.
Foltynewicz (1-0) allowed three hits and no walks while striking out seven in earning his first career postseason win. The last Atlanta pitcher to throw seven or more scoreless innings in a postseason contest was Tom Glavine in Game 2 of the 2001 NLDS against the Houston Astros.
Josh Donaldson hit an RBI single in the first inning, and pinch hitter Adam Duvall added a two-out, two-run homer in the seventh. Max Fried pitched the eighth inning for Atlanta, and Mark Melancon worked around two hits in the ninth for the save. A day earlier, Melancon blew a late lead and took the loss.
Foltynewicz outdueled Jack Flaherty (0-1), who gave up three runs on eight hits and a walk with eight strikeouts in seven innings.
Yankees 10, Twins 4
Gleyber Torres and DJ LeMahieu hit bases-loaded doubles, and New York beat Minnesota in Game 1 of the American League Division Series in New York.
The Yankees beat the Twins for the 11th straight time in the postseason, dating back to Game 1 of the 2004 ALDS, by overcoming three Minnesota homers and an early two-run deficit.
Torres snapped a 3-3 tie with one out in the fifth inning off Tyler Duffey, and LeMahieu hit a three-run double in the seventh. LeMahieu and Brett Gardner hit solo homers for the Yankees while Jorge Polanco, Nelson Cruz and Miguel Sano belted solo drives for the Twins.
Astros 6, Rays 2
Jose Altuve slugged his ninth career postseason home run, and Justin Verlander allowed one hit over seven scoreless innings as host Houston recorded a 6-2 win over Tampa Bay in the opener of their ALDS.
Altuve snapped a scoreless tie and keyed a four-run fifth inning with his two-run shot to left field off Tyler Glasnow (0-1). Yuli Gurriel and Michael Brantley had two hits apiece for the Astros, and Alex Bregman reached base three times and scored twice.
Verlander (1-0) struck out eight and walked three. Glasnow allowed two runs on four hits in 4 2/3 innings.