Pujols beats 9th, Cardinals defeats Giants 15-6

ST. Louis (AP) — Yadier Molina returns home, drives four runs, Adam Wainwright throws six innings, and veteran St. Louis Cardinals wins the San Francisco Giants 15-6 on Sunday night. Slugger Albert Pujols is the mound.

Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado each added a two-run home run to the Cardinals. Cardinals took two out of three in the series after losing two out of three to Baltimore. Goldschmidt drove in three runs.

Cardinals’ designated hitter, Pujols, first appeared in the game in the ninth inning as a pitcher in his career. He gave up Luis Gonzalez a three-run home run and Joey Bart a solo home run, but managed to win the final three outs.

Joc Pederson hit a two-run home run in San Francisco, winning six straight games and then losing two games in a row.

Molina suppressed the four-run explosion with a two-run single at a time by Carlos Rodon (4-2). Molina added Zack Littell, who hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning, pushing the lead up to 11-0.

Wainwright (4-3) gave up 2 runs and 3 hits. He hit five and walked two. The right-handed man retired 14 of the first 15 batters he faced. Gonzales won the Giants’ first hit in his fifth two-out single.

Wainwright and Molina set a major league record with 203 wins on the starting battery. They passed Warren Spahn and Del Crandall, who achieved 202 wins at the Boston / Milwaukee Braves between 1949 and 1963.

The St. Louis duo started 311 games together in 1963-75, following Detroit Tigers’ Spahn / Crandall (316) and Mickey Lolich / Bill Freehan (324).

Rodon (4-2) allowed 8 runs and 10 hits in 32/3 innings. He hit three and walked one. He gave up only seven earned runs in the six starts before this season.

All St. Louis starters have been hit by up to 6 times.

St. Louis outfielder Juan Yepez singles at a time. He reached successfully in each of the first 11 games. This is the longest consecutive win for a Cardinals rookie since Luis Alicea reached 23 consecutive games to start his career in 1988.

The Cardinals went 0-4 in last Sunday night’s match before winning their first attempt of the season.

Gonzales pitched in 7th place with a bases loaded and 2 outs from the outfield. He gave up Dylan Carlson’s Lanscore single before flying Harrison Bader.


San Francisco’s RHP Unior Marte was recalled from Triple A Sacramento and abandoned two earned runs with the relief of the 12/3 innings. INF Donnie Walton was sent to Sacramento. Walton recorded one at bat in four at-bats with the Giants.

Trainers room

Cardinals: RHP Alex Reyes was shut down after increased shoulder pain. Reyes missed throughout the season and felt more discomfort while playing the catch. He had an MRI last week and will remain inactive until the results are available. “I don’t know if it’s in the same area,” said manager Oliver Marmol. “But that’s shoulder discomfort.”


Giants: LHP Alex Wood (3-2, 3.60 ERA) will face Colorado RHP Antonio Senza Terra (2-2, 4.88) in the opening round of the three-game series in Denver on Monday. Wood did not allow more than 51/3 innings on Tuesday with a 9-2 victory over Colorado.

Cardinals: RHP Miles Mikolas (3-1, 1.49) will face Mets in the opening round of four games in New York on Monday night, if the weather is good. Mycolas allowed less than two runs in all seven starts of the season. Mets hadn’t announced a starter yet.