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ANIMATED: Jason Heyward robs Yadier Molina of home run

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina hit a long fly ball to right field in the second inning of Friday's Wild Card game, but Atlanta Braves outfielder Jason Heyward kept it from leaving the yard with a leaping catch at the wall. Here's a gif of the defensive play:

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The home run would have given the Cardlinals the early 1-0 lead in this win-or-go-home game; Braves starter Kris Medlen was able to settle down from there and get his team out of the inning without any more close calls. The Braves claimed a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second on a David Ross home run to left center field. Dan Uggla had been on first after walking.

Atlanta has two hits on the afternoon, while the St. Louis Cardinals remain shut out in that category. Medlen has struck out four batters and walked none through three innings of work.

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Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.