Molina makes throat-slashing gesture after NLDS win


St. Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina celebrates after hitting a sacrifice fly to score Kolten Wong and defeat the Atlanta Braves in Game 4 of a baseball National League Division Series, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

St. Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina celebrates after hitting a sacrifice fly to score Kolten Wong and defeat the Atlanta Braves in Game 4 of a baseball National League Division Series, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)


St. Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina celebrates after hitting a sacrifice fly to score Kolten Wong and defeat the Atlanta Braves in Game 4 of a baseball National League Division Series, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)


Atlanta Braves' Ronald Acuna Jr. reacts after hitting a single during the third inning in Game 4 of a baseball National League Division Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)


ST. LOUIS (AP) — Yadier Molina made a throat-slashing gesture as he celebrated on the field after hitting the winning sacrifice fly in the 10th inning of the St. Louis Cardinals’ 5-4 victory over the Atlanta Braves in Game 4 of the NL Division Series on Monday.

Molina’s clutch swing sent the best-of-five series back to Atlanta for one more game on Wednesday.

It was not clear whether Molina made the gesture in response to what Braves star Ronald Acuña Jr. did the day before. Acuña made a similar motion across the top of his chest after hauling in Molina’s flyball for the final out of Atlanta’s 3-1 win Sunday.

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St. Louis Cardinals’ Yadier Molina celebrates after hitting a sacrifice fly to score Kolten Wong and defeat the Atlanta Braves in Game 4 of a baseball National League Division Series, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/10/web1_123689455-24bc6b340ae841afb9414f4c6a948d99.jpgSt. Louis Cardinals’ Yadier Molina celebrates after hitting a sacrifice fly to score Kolten Wong and defeat the Atlanta Braves in Game 4 of a baseball National League Division Series, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

St. Louis Cardinals’ Yadier Molina celebrates after hitting a sacrifice fly to score Kolten Wong and defeat the Atlanta Braves in Game 4 of a baseball National League Division Series, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/10/web1_123689455-41cb6f128b014535a837cb8539890b2a.jpgSt. Louis Cardinals’ Yadier Molina celebrates after hitting a sacrifice fly to score Kolten Wong and defeat the Atlanta Braves in Game 4 of a baseball National League Division Series, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Atlanta Braves’ Ronald Acuna Jr. reacts after hitting a single during the third inning in Game 4 of a baseball National League Division Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/10/web1_123689455-d2a34b782b18426f853d341fc19b6aa6.jpgAtlanta Braves’ Ronald Acuna Jr. reacts after hitting a single during the third inning in Game 4 of a baseball National League Division Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)