Spencer Strider powers through early shakiness as Braves beat A’s

AP photo by Tony Avelar / Atlanta Braves starter Spencer Strider pitches against the host Oakland Athletics on Wednesday afternoon.

OAKLAND, Calif. — Atlanta Braves right-hander Spencer Strider will let others marvel over his more spectacular starts.

The hard-throwing 23-year-old is particularly proud of what he did Wednesday afternoon, when the going got rough quickly against the Oakland Athletics.

In his first start since striking out an Atlanta-record 16 batters against the Colorado Rockies on Sept. 1, Strider overcame a shaky first inning, fellow rookie Vaughn Grissom and shortstop Dansby Swanson homered, and the Braves pushed their winning streak to seven games, beating the A's 7-3 to sweep a two-game series.

Ronald Acuña Jr., Robbie Grossman and Marcell Ozuna also drove in runs for Atlanta (86-51), which began the day tied for first place in the National League East Division standings with the New York Mets (87-51), who nudged back ahead by a half-game with a doubleheader sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates.