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Mike Foltynewicz is 144 innings into what he and Braves manager Brian Snitker consider his first complete season in the majors.

His second-best start of the season came against Friday’s opponent. In Foltynewicz’s last start against Miami Aug. 5, he struck out 11 and walked none over 6 1/3 innings. Foltynewicz has singled out that performance and his near no-hitter in Oakland as his finest.

“You’re not going to have your A-game most of the time,” he said. “Maybe five or six of the times out of the year. Other than that, you have to pitch without your best stuff, which I have in games here and there. That’s where you have to figure things out, kind of figure out that happy medium.”

Foltynewicz realized some of his tantalizing potential with a 14-start streak of 3.56 ERA ball from May 12 to July 25. But all was forgotten after he allowed 20 runs over his next 11 2/3 innings (three starts).

He admitted most of it is mental, though he’s made a few mechanical adjustments. Foltynewicz will press at times, relying on power rather than trusting his off-speed pitches, which he says is a work in progress.

The last two starts have been an improvement. In what was an ugly, but successful performance, Foltynewicz went five innings while holding the Rockies to a run. He went 6 1/3 in Wrigley last Friday, with the Cubs scoring twice.