Braves rookie Spencer Strider strikes out 11 Reds in victory

AP photo by Jeff Dean / Atlanta Braves starter Spencer Strider pitches during Saturday's game against the host Cincinnati Reds. Strider allowed one run, one hit and one walk while striking out 11 batters in a six-inning outing to help the Braves win 4-1.

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.