Wheeler (12 K’s) sets table, Segura clears it

PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies will carry that Luke Williams mojo into the weekend, after all.

They were on the brink of a bad loss to the Braves on Thursday at Citizens Bank Park. They failed to take advantage of another brilliant pitching performance from Zack Wheeler. They blew a one-run lead in the ninth, when Freddie Freeman hit a game-tying home run as Odúbel Herrera mistimed his jump at the wall. They watched José Alvarado walk three batters and allow runs to score on a wild pitch and a passed ball in the 10th.

But Jean Segura saved the day with his second clutch hit in three innings in a 4-3 walk-off victory in 10 innings.

It is the first time the Phils have enjoyed back-to-back walk-off wins since June 26-27, 2019.

Williams’ dramatic walk-off homer on Wednesday in his first big league start got things started. Numerous Phillies said afterward that they hoped it could be the moment to spark them into better, more consistent play.

“All year long, we haven’t had those types of games,” Segura said. “I think the walk-off yesterday was huge. It gave us momentum to play a little bit better. To be able to win this one today, to come from behind, especially when we gave it up in the 10th, that’s huge. That tells you what type of team, and what type of ability, we have to play this game. I think if we keep it together…

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