By Sam Bush
Jean Segura’s two-run single high off the left-field fence in the 10th inning gave the Phillies a 4-3 win over the Braves.
Freedie Freeman hit a solo homer off closer Hector Neris with one out in the ninth to tie it, and the Braves scored two runs off José Alvarado (5-0) on a wild pitch and passed ball in the 10th.
But Alec Bohm’s RBI single off Chris Martin (0-2) in the bottom half cut it to 3-2. Odubel Herrera followed with a double down the left-field line. Segura then hit a drive to deep left-center. He slowly jogged around first and watched Herrera dive headfirst across the plate for the winning run before teammates mobbed Segura beyond second base.
The Phillies took two of three from the three-time defending NL East champions, including a walkoff win Wednesday night on Luke Williams’ first big league homer with two outs in the ninth.
Zack Wheeler struck out 12 in eight dominant innings and Segura hit an RBI double in the eighth to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead but Freeman’s 14th homer erased it. Herrera had a chance to rob Freeman but his jump was too far in front of the fence and the ball fell beyond his glove.
Dansby Swanson started the 10th inning on second base, advanced to third on a bouncer to short and scored on Alvarado’s wild pitch after pinch-hitter Guillermo Heredia walked. Alvarado walked two more batters before a passed ball by third-string catcher Rafael Marchan allowed another run to score.
Wheeler allowed four singles and no walks in his latest stellar outing. He lowered his ERA to 2.29 with his seventh straight start giving up three runs or less. Wheeler fanned every batter in Atlanta’s lineup except Swanson and recorded double-digit strikeouts for the 13th time in his career and fifth this season.
Braves starter Ian Anderson also was impressive, yielding four hits and fanning four in seven scoreless innings.
The Phillies broke through against A.J. Minter when Herrera lined a double off the right-field fence with out out in the eighth. Herrera flipped his bat and hesitated to watch the ball before running to first and missed an opportunity to reach third when right fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. fumbled the ball.
Segura followed with a double down the left-field line to knock in Herrera.