St. LOUIS – Adam Wainwright and Yadir Molina set a record-breaking league win as the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the San Francisco Giants 15-6 Sunday night in a game that ended with veteran Albert Pujols on the hill.
Molina commanded in four runs, Wainwright pitched six effective innings and St. Louis against Carlos Rodon early. Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan added Homer’s two-round Arenado to the Cardinals, who had two of three in the series after losing two of three to struggling Baltimore. Goldschmidt had three RBIs.
Pujols, the Cardinals-designated hitter, entered the field for the first time in his 22-year career in the ninth inning. He gave Homer three runs to Luis Gonzalez and a one-shot Joey Bart but managed to get the last three finishes by a large margin to spare.
The 42-year-old Pujols has become the oldest player to make his first major league game since Lena Blackburne entered the field at age 42 in his last major league game as a player/manager for the Chicago White Sox in 1929.
Wainwright and Molina broke the league record with 203 wins as a starting battery. They surpassed Warren Spahn and Dale Crandall, who had 202 wins for the Boston and Milwaukee Braves from 1949-1963.
The St. Louis duo started 311 games together, third all-time behind Spahn/Crandall (316) and Mickey Lolich/Bill Freehan (324) of the Detroit Tigers from 1963 to 1975.
Jock Pederson had Homer for San Francisco, who lost for the second time in a row after winning six times in a row.
Molina capped four games in the first half of Rodon (4-2) alone twice. The 39-year-old catcher added to Homer’s two-round lead over loyalist Zack Littletle in fifth to make it 11-0.
Wainwright (4-3) gave up two rounds and three strokes. Hit five and walked two. The 40-year-old right-hander retired 14 of the first 15 hitters he faced. Gonzalez got his first hit for the Giants with a duet in fifth.
Rodon allowed eight runs and 10 strokes over the course of 3 and 2/3 runs. Hit three and walked one. He has given up only seven winning runs during his previous six starts this season.
Every rookie in St. Louis had a hit in the sixth inning.
St. Louis rookie player Juan Ypez is singles in the first half. He has arrived safely in each of his first 11 games, the longest streak recorded by a rising Cardinal’s star since Luis Alicia arrived in 23 consecutive games to start his career in 1988.
The Cardinals went 0-4 in Sunday night games last year before winning their first attempt of the season.
Gonzalez ran off the field to seventh with loaded bases and two naysayers. He ditched a single to Dylan Carlson before Harrison Bader flew.
San Francisco RHP Yunior Marte of Triple-A Sacramento was called up and waived two runs earned at 1 and 2/3 innings of rest. INF Donovan Walton has been dispatched to Sacramento. Walton was hit one out of four with the Giants.
Cardinals: RHP Alex Reyes is closed after suffering more shoulder pain. Reyes, who has been sidelined all season, felt even more uncomfortable while playing. He underwent an MRI last week and will remain inactive until the results are known. “I’m not sure if it’s the same area,” said manager Oliver Marmol. “But it is discomfort in the shoulder.”
The Giants: LHP Alex Wood (3-2, 3.60 ERA) will face Colorado RHP Antonio Senzatela (2-2, 4.88) in the opener of their three-game series in Denver on Monday. Wood didn’t allow him to win more than 5 1/3 innings in the 9-2 win over Colorado on Tuesday.
Cardinals: RHP Miles Mikolas (3-1, 1.49) faces the Mets in the opening game of four games set Monday night in New York — weather permitting. Mikulas has allowed two runs or fewer in all seven starts this season. The Mets have not announced a start yet.