ST. LOUIS ( Associated Press) — Yadier Molina scored two home runs on Thursday as he set a major league record with pitcher Adam Wainwright, debuting in his 324th game as drummer partner, but the St. Louis Cardinals Way 11- The Washington Nationals fell to 6.
Alex Call made four hits and five runs for Washington, including a three-run homer off James Neal in the ninth.
Wainwright and Molina equaled the mark set by Mickey Lolich and Bill Freehan with Detroit from 1963–75.
Puerto Rican Molina hit a two-run homer that put the ball into the third deck of the stands, left field, in the third inning. After an innings, he hit a single homer just over the fence.
It was the ninth time in Molina’s career that he scored more than one home run in a game. He had not achieved it since April 17, 2021, when he played in Philadelphia.
Wainwright conceded four runs in nine hits in five innings.
Many of the 40,437 spectators stood on their feet to cheer on Wainwright, 41, and Molina, 40, as they entered the field from the bullpen moments before the first pitch. Another excitement came after the top of the first innings.
Molina and Wainwright could break the home record against Milwaukee on September 14.
Both have made 13 All-Star appearances, and the Cardinals have made 11 out of 17 appearances post season that have been on both rosters.
Cesar Hernandez scored three and Luis Garcia broke the tie 4-4 with his infield single in the sixth off Jordan Hicks, who had relieved Andre Pallante (6-5). The Nationals hit 18 hits and split honors in the four-match series.
The victory went to Mason Thompson (1-0).
For the Nationals, Mexican Joy Menis 4-0. Venezuela’s Keibert Ruiz scored 3-1, Hernandez 4-3 with two runs and three runs. Dominican Nelson Cruz scored two runs 5-3.
For the Cardinals, Dominican Albert Pujols 5-0. Puerto Rican Molina scored 4-2 with two runs and three RBIs.