ST. LOUIS — When Braves second baseman Tyler Pastornicky backpedaled into shallow rightfield to catch the popup and Jason Heyward didn't arrive fast enough to take charge, Kolten Wong got the green light.
The rookie raced home with the tying run on surely the shortest sacrifice fly of Yadier Molina's career, one of many big plays the Cardinals made with their legs in a 4-1 victory over Atlanta on Saturday.
"By the time I realized I could get there, it would have been tough to call him off," Heyward said. "Heads-up play on their part by sending the runner."
Wong and Peter Bourjos had two bunt singles each, three of them fueling rallies. Bourjos got picked off after beating out a bunt leading off the third but squeezed home an insurance run in the seventh.
"I think (Saturday) was probably one of the best representations of what speed can do for us," manager Mike Matheny said. "A lot of guys made things happen, getting on base and creating havoc."