Tuesday marked 428 days since Adam Wainwright put his career on a surgeon's table.

It also represented one of the more significant mile markers of a career no longer on hold.

Given the unique combination of a pain-free elbow and an offense that clicked, Wainwright wrung his first win in more than 20 months from the Cardinals' 10-7 decision over the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium.

Five starts into his return from elbow ligament replacement surgery, Wainwright struck out six in seven innings blemished only by a pair of two-run home runs. The Cardinals, who had not scored with Wainwright in the game during his previous four starts, reached Pirates starter Charlie Morton for six runs before chasing him from the fifth inning.