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'This doesn't happen without great teammates': Wainwright, Molina pass praise after setting record

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St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (4) and Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright (50) walk from the bullpen to the dugout before the start of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Sunday, May 15, 2022, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, lskrivan@post-dispatch.com

After being mobbed in the showers for their record-setting 203rd win as a battery on Sunday, Adam Wainwright, 40, and Yadier Molina, 39, made sure to put the moment into perspective.

"Well, he's a special guy, a special friend, a teammate," Wainwright said of breaking the record with his longtime teammate. "We've been together a long time. … What (Molina) said to the guys was, 'This doesn't happen without great teammates like y'all.' That's kind of how we feel. We've been a part of a lot of really good teams, and a lot of really good teammates helped make that happen."

The legendary duo surpassed Warren Spahn and Del Crandell, who notched 202 wins as a battery between 1949 and 1963 for the Boston/Milwaukee Braves. 

"It's such an honor to be part of this record," Molina said. "A winning record. Everything for us is about winning, and to have that is great. It's such an honor for me."

Cardinals manager Oli Marmol also noted the accomplishment in his post-game remarks. "That's something to celebrate right there," he said. "The amount of wins those two guys have together is special. Moving forward, I don't see anybody breaking that. It's a special day for them."

The duo exited the game in the sixth inning with a dominating 13-2 lead in hand. Wainwright pitched six innings and took a no-hitter into the fifth, and Molina was excellent both behind and at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a home run (his hardest hit ever) and four RBI.

In all, Molina and Wainwright's historic run has spanned 15 seasons. Their first win together was in 2007 when Wainwright went seven innings in a 4-2 Cardinals win, the team's first of the season. 

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