Gene Segura hit a two-run single high from the left field fence in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Atlanta Braves 4–3.
PHILADELPHIA – Jean Segura jogged slowly around the first and watched Odubel Herrera dive headfirst to the plate for the win, before another walk-off celebration began for the Philadelphia Phillies.
Segura’s two-run single high from the left field fence in the 10th inning gave the Phillies a 4-3 comeback win over the Atlanta Braves on Thursday.
“I’m here because,” Segura said of her knack for clutch hits.
The Phillies took two out of three from the three-time defending NL East champions, including a walk-off win over Luke Williams’ first major league homer on Wednesday night with two outs in the ninth.
Freddie Freeman hit a single homer off Hector Neris to tie it with one in the ninth, and the Braves scored two runs on a wild pitch off Jose Alvarado (5–0) and passed the ball in the 10th. .
But Alec Bohm’s RBI made Chris Martin (0-2) 3-2 by a single in the bottom half. Herrera followed with a double down the left field line. Segura then hits a drive into deep left-center. He jogged first, second and waited for teammates to collect him.
“I knew it was good enough to take it off so I (watched) it a little bit,” Segura said.
Zack Wheeler scored 12 runs in eight key innings and Segura hit an RBI double in the eighth to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead, but was wiped out by Freeman’s 14th homer. Herrera had a chance to rob Freeman but his jump was too far in front of the fence and the ball fell outside his glove.
“I don’t think it’s a ball he should have caught, but it’s a ball he could have caught,” said Phillips manager Joe Girardi.
Dansby Swanson started the 10th inning at second base, moved from bouncer to short to third and scored on the wooded pitch of Alvarado after a run by pinch-hitter Guillermo Heredia. Alvarado ran out two more batsmen before a passed delivery from third-string catcher Rafael Marchon gave another run to score.
“It’s been a strange year,” said Brave manager Brian Snitker. “You have to deal with adversity, adjust and we have to get better. We are capable of that.”
Wheeler allowed four singles and no walk in his latest stellar outing. He conceded three or fewer runs with his seventh straight start, reducing his ERA to 2.29. Wheeler fanned every batsman in Atlanta’s lineup except Swanson and recorded double-digit strikeouts for the 13th time in his career and fifth this season.
“I’ve had a few good runs in a few different years, but it wasn’t like it is now,” Wheeler said. “The difference is I’m throwing the cutter higher, the slider is better and I can command all those pitches.”
Braves starter Ian Anderson was also impressive, scoring four hits and four runs in seven scoreless innings.
“We think we’re pretty close,” Anderson said. “We just have to keep at it. It’s a matter of when, not when.”
The Phillies broke up against AJ Minter when Herrera double-lined from the right-field fence with one in the eighth. Herrera flipped his bat and hesitated to look at the ball before running first and missed a chance to reach third when right fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. threw the ball.
Segura doubled the left field line to knock Herrera in.
“There will be discussion,” Girardi said of Herrera, not working hard right now.
After Williams’ two-run shot to give Philadelphia a 2–1 win, rookie Utility received a standing ovation and heard chants of “luuuuuuuke” as he stepped into the batsman’s box for his first at-bat.
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Anderson entered the season with a 5.14 ERA in three starts during the day.
Phillies: RHP Chase Anderson was placed on the COVID-19 injury list. … SS Didi Gregorius (elbow) continues his rehab at Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Braves: RHP Charlie Morton (5-2, 4.21 ERA) makes his three-game series debut in Miami on Friday night.
Phillies: The day after Friday’s break, RHP Vince Velasquez (2-1, 4.33) takes the mound for the start of a two-game Interleague series against the New York Yankees on Saturday night.
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