Molina wins it in 10th; Cards force Game 5 with Braves

The Peterborough Examiner - - SPORTS - JAY CO­HEN

ST. LOUIS — Yadier Molina pushed the St. Louis Car­di­nals to a de­cid­ing Game 5 of a Ma­jor League Base­ball Na­tional League Di­vi­sion Se­ries, hit­ting a ty­ing sin­gle in the eighth in­ning and a win­ning sac­ri­fice fly in the 10th to beat the At­lanta Braves 5-4 on Mon­day.

Molina slung his bat far into the out­field af­ter his win­ner, and the packed crowd at Busch Sta­dium roared with the long­time heart of the fran­chise. Game 5 will be Wed­nes­day back in At­lanta. The Car­di­nals will have ace Jack Fla­herty on the mound, and the Braves will go with Mike Foltynewic­z.

Kolten Wong led off the St. Louis 10th with a ground-rule dou­ble against Julio Te­heran. Af­ter Paul Gold­schmidt was in­ten­tion­ally walked, Wong ad­vanced on Mar­cell Ozuna’s force­out and eas­ily scam­pered home on Molina’s fly to the front of the warn­ing track in left field.

Wong threw his hands in the air as he ran to­ward the plate. Molina rounded first base with his bat in hand, then flung it as the cel­e­bra­tion erupted. The 37-year-old star catcher dis­carded his bat­ting hel­met as the rest of the Car­di­nals poured onto the field.

Molina made it 4-all with a two-out sin­gle in the eighth that went just off the top of the glove of a leap­ing Fred­die Free­man at first.

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