OAKLAND -- Braves right-hander Mike Foltynewicz took a no-hitter into the ninth Friday night, but A's rookie Matt Olson hit a leadoff homer to end his bid for baseball lore. Braves reliever Jim Johnson proceeded to strike out the side to finish off Atlanta's 3-1 win at the Coliseum.Foltynewicz threw
OAKLAND -- Braves right-hander Mike Foltynewicz took a no-hitter into the ninth Friday night, but A's rookie Matt Olson hit a leadoff homer to end his bid for baseball lore. Braves reliever Jim Johnson proceeded to strike out the side to finish off Atlanta's 3-1 win at the Coliseum.
Foltynewicz threw a career-high 119 pitches while walking four, but the 25-year-old hurler struck out eight, including five with runners on base. As he left the field, Foltynewicz was a bit surprised to see a standing ovation from the Oakland crowd.
"It was very weird," Foltynewicz said. "After about the seventh or eighth, our side of the dugout was loud. I was, like, 'Woah, this is weird.' But that was a very cool feeling getting taken out of the game. And all that stuff after the game, it's something I'll never forget."
The biggest threat against Foltynewicz prior to the homer came in the sixth, when he walked Franklin Barreto and Matt Joyce with one out. But he buckled down, striking out Olson swinging and Jed Lowrie looking to end the inning.
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"Fastball was coming out in warmups pretty good," Foltynewicz said. "After I got out of the sixth -- and there was another inning, my mind is kind of going blank out there -- where I got out of trouble and after that I knew that something might happen. But my pitch count was up so I was trying to get early outs and have them make contact."
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The A's also got a runner in scoring position with one out in the eighth when Rajai Davis drew a leadoff walk and stole second as Jaycob Brugman struck out. But Foltynewicz struck out pinch-hitter Yonder Alonso swinging and got Joyce to line out to left.
"Outside of a few hard-hit balls and a couple of walks, he had a really good fastball tonight," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "Just enough curveballs to the lefties and sliders to the righties, but his fastball was really good tonight. [He] elevated it and got some strikeouts and pitched pretty well."
The Braves used two doubles to score the lone run off of A's starter Sonny Gray in the third, with Dansby Swanson knocking in Johan Camargo with one out to put Atlanta up 1-0. Gray didn't allow any other hits, walking one and striking out four in eight innings.
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"I feel like I'm throwing the ball well," Gray said. "I feel really good. That's always a good thing. Hopefully I can continue to put some strong outings together."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Insurance runs: The Braves tacked on a couple of runs in the top of the ninth inning to preserve the win for Foltynewicz. After Ender Inciarte stole second base with one out to get into scoring position, Brandon Phillips knocked him home with an RBI single to right. Phillips eventually came around to score on another RBI single from Matt Kemp to give the Braves their final run of the evening.
"Huge," Braves manager Brian Snitker said of the add-on runs. "Knew they would be in a game like this, because their guy was really good, too. Just a good win to have."
"It's actually kind of nerve-wracking, for a couple reasons. No. 1, it was 1-0 the majority of the game. A little bigger cushion is always welcome in that situation. Two, it's a little nerve-wracking because he wasn't shaking me off ever, and I almost wanted him to shake me off." -- Braves catcher Tyler Flowers on catching Foltynewicz's gem.
"I was seeing him fairly well all day and just missing some stuff. It was nice to finally connect with one. He threw a great game, but he left one over the plate and I took advantage of it." -- Olson on his home run in the ninth
Braves: Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey will get the starting nod for Saturday's 4:05 p.m. ET game at the Coliseum. Dickey has won each of his past two starts, allowing just one run with a 12-to-2 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 14 innings.
Athletics: The A's called up right-hander and local kid Paul Blackburn to start in place of Jharel Cotton (blister) at 1:05 p.m. PT Saturday at the Coliseum. The Antioch native went 5-6 with a 3.05 ERA in 79 2/3 innings for Triple-A Nashville before getting called up.
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Alex Espinoza is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Bay Area. He covered the Braves on Friday.
Alex Simon is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter at @alexsimon99.