Foltynewicz, an All-Star in 2018 who was demoted to Triple-A for more than a month after getting off to a bad start, pitched three-hit ball over seven innings in another stellar performance for his tale of two seasons.
The 23-year-old right-hander had not given up more than three runs in 15 starts after the All-Star break, posting a 0.91 ERA.
Game 5 will be Wednesday in Los Angeles, with Stephen Strasburg set to start for the Nationals against Walker Buehler. First baseman Freddie Freeman made a crucial error that might have limited the damage. In fact, it became a bit of a running gag that one of baseball's most popular spots for celebratory pictures was the pitcher's mound in Atlanta, with the center-field scoreboard in the background, since nine visiting teams eliminated the Braves at their previous ballpark, with the Cardinals doing it twice.
The Braves are back in the A-T-L for a decisive postseason game. St. Louis built its NLDS series win on a pair of offensive explosions, starting in Game 1, when the Cardinals erased a two-run deficit by scoring five times over the final two innings in a 7-6 win.
The Cardinals sent 14 batters to the plate against the Atlanta Braves and produced a postseason record-tying 10 runs in the first inning.
The pitching matchup will be a rematch of Game 2, when Atlanta's Mike Foltynewicz outdueled Jack Flaherty of the Cardinals for a 3-0 victory. Overall, he hit.262 with 282 homers. Corey Seager had a double in the second inning, but did not score.
Matt Carpenter walked to force in a run and Tommy Edman ripped a two-run double into the right-field corner to make it 4-0.
Didi Gregorius had two hits and two RBIs, and Brett Gardner added an RBI single for NY, which became the first team to sweep a 100-win team in a division series.
The Braves did not distribute their traditional red foam tomahawks to fans following criticism by St. Louis pitcher Ryan Helsley.
"Even after going up two games against this ballclub, I don't think we took anything for granted", Verlander said. The Braves said in a statement the change is "out of respect for the concerns" expressed by Helsley, a member of the Cherokee Nation who said he finds the chant insulting. "He feels great and hasn't really missed a beat", Shildt said.
Sean Doolittle #63 of the Washington Nationals celebrates with his team as the Nationals defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-3 in game five to win the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on October 9 in Los Angeles, California. Most importantly for Washington, he and the Nats prevented LA from closing out the NLDS after taking a 2-1 lead into Game 4. "But he gave us seven, and we handed the ball to Doo and Huddie".
Duvall, who is 3 of 7 with five RBIs off the bench, is a logical candidate to get his first start. The Nationals, second in the NL East at 93-69, are shooting for just their second NLCS appearance.