CINCINNATI - Fair warning to opponents of the Atlanta Braves when they send Spencer Strider to the mound: The hard-throwing rookie doesn't think he has reached his final form.
Strider allowed one hit in six innings and matched a career high with 11 strikeouts, and Austin Riley homered for the second straight game and drove in two runs as the Braves beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-1 on Saturday.
Strider (4-2) didn't allow a hit until there were two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Nick Senzel's single drove in Matt Reynolds, who entered the game after Kyle Farmer was hit by a pitch.
"I'm still trying to extend a little more each time," said Strider, a 23-year-old right-hander who was making his seventh start and 18th appearance for the reigning World Series champions.