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Atlanta Braves’ Spencer Strider leads team with 16 strikeouts

ATLANTA — Rookie Spencer Strider set a Braves nine-inning game record with 16 strikeouts and allowed just two hits in eight innings to lead Atlanta to a 3-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies.

Strider had two runners on base in the final two batters to get to base in the eighth inning, his fastball reaching 98 mph and completing an impressive 106 pitch outs.

“I lost my way after 5 o’clock [innings]” Strider said of his strikeouts. Teammate Kyle Wright filled in the rookie on the record.

“I was out of the game and Kyle was talking about John Smoltz and it made no sense,” Strider said.

Smoltz held the previous Atlanta record of 15 strikeouts in nine inning games against the New York Mets on April 10, 2005 and Montreal on May 24, 1992. The franchise was in Milwaukee. Spahn also had 18 strikeouts in the 1952 game, but it was in extra innings.

Finally, I made Strider understand.

“The people we’ve put into this organization are pretty wild. It’s a long, unbelievable list. I’m just grateful to be here and to be successful,” Strider said.

Austin Riley and newcomer Michael Harris II hit solo homers in Atlanta.

Strider threw only 42 pitches in the first four innings, setting the pace for the longest start of his career. He did not walk a hitter, and in one game he became the fourth rookie in major league history to record 16 strikeouts and no walks, according to an ESPN Stats & Information study. Others were John Gray (2016), Kerry Wood (1998) and Dwight Gooden (twice in 1984).

Strider also joined Wood in 1998 when he recorded 20 strikeouts per batter, becoming the only rookie to allow two or fewer runners with at least 16 strikeouts, according to an ESPN Stats & Information survey.

Kenley Jansen recorded a perfect ninth place with his 31st save of 36 chances.

The Braves won 3-2 against Colorado, three games behind the Mets, who lead the NL East.

The Striders (9-4) were dominant in prolonging their woes on the Rocky Mountain roads. Colorado slipped from Coors Field to his 20-44 with a .313 winning percentage, bottom of the majors. Right-handed pitchers struck out in the second and seventh innings.

In a 6-2 win over Colorado on June 4, the Striders had five walks in just four innings.

Charlie Blackmon of Colorado said, “It’s positive speed and I felt that what he did better tonight was throwing the slider more effectively. seemed to have a good feel for

The Striders set a new all-time record with 13 strikeouts in a 13-1 victory over Philadelphia on August 2.

The Striders retired Colorado’s first 12 hitters before CJ Kron lofted a soft single to right field to lead off the fifth. He did not allow another hit until Michael Torria’s single to right with one out in the eighth inning.

Elias Diaz reached when first baseman Matt Olson was charged with an error after missing shortstop Dansby Swanson’s throw, leaving runners on first and third. Swanson outscored Elefris Montero and incited Sean Bouchard – both of whom whiffed on sliders – to set an Atlanta record.

Braves manager Brian Snicker said the Striders influenced comparisons in spring training to former Braves closer Craig Kimbrel, now with the Dodgers.

“Now he looks more like Tom Seaver,” Snicker said.

Strider posted his fifth career game with at least 10 strikeouts, just making his 30th career appearance and 17th start. He has won his last three decisions and shows no signs of waning in the second half of the season.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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