Pujols makes first pitching look of profession

ST. LOUIS — Adam Wainwright and Yadier Molina set a significant league file for wins by a beginning battery because the St. Louis Cardinals routed the San Francisco Giants 15-6 on Sunday evening in a sport that ended with veteran slugger Albert Pujols on the mound.

Molina homered and drove in 4 runs, Wainwright pitched six efficient innings, and St. Louis roughed up Carlos Rodon early. Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado every added a two-run homer for the Cardinals, who took two of three within the collection after dropping two of three to struggling Baltimore. Goldschmidt had three RBIs.

Pujols, the Cardinals’ designated hitter, entered to pitch for the primary time in his 22-year profession within the ninth inning. He gave up a three-run homer to Luis Gonzalez and a solo shot to Joey Bart however managed to get the ultimate three outs with loads of margin to spare.

The 42-year-old Pujols grew to become the oldest participant to make his main league pitching debut since Lena Blackburne introduced himself in to pitch at age 42 in his last large league sport as a participant/supervisor for the 1929 Chicago White Sox.

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Wainwright and Molina broke the foremost league file with their 203rd victory as a beginning battery. They handed Warren Spahn and Del Crandall, who amassed 202 wins for the Boston and Milwaukee Braves from 1949 to ’63.

The St. Louis duo has began 311 video games collectively, third all time behind Spahn/Crandall (316) and Mickey Lolich/Invoice Freehan (324) of the Detroit Tigers from 1963 to ’75.

Joc Pederson had a two-run homer for San Francisco, which misplaced its second in a row after profitable six straight.

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Molina capped a four-run outburst within the first inning off Rodon (4-2) with a two-run single. The 39-year-old catcher added a two-run homer off reliever Zack Littell within the fifth to make it 11-0.

Wainwright (4-3) gave up two runs and three hits. He struck out 5 and walked two. The 40-year-old right-hander retired 14 of the primary 15 batters he confronted. Gonzalez received the Giants’ first hit with a two-out single within the fifth.

Rodon allowed eight runs and 10 hits over 3⅔ innings. He struck out three and walked one. He had given up simply seven earned runs over his earlier six begins this season.

Each St. Louis starter had successful by the sixth inning.

St. Louis rookie outfielder Juan Yepez singled within the first inning. He has reached safely in every of his first 11 video games, the longest streak by a Cardinals rookie since Luis Alicea reached in 23 successive video games to start his profession in 1988.

The Cardinals went 0-4 in Sunday evening video games final 12 months earlier than profitable of their first do that season.

Gonzalez got here in from the outfield to pitch within the seventh with the bases loaded and two outs. He gave up a run-scoring single to Dylan Carlson earlier than getting Harrison Bader to fly out.