ST. LOUIS -- Third baseman David Freese exited Thursday's game in the sixth inning with cramping in his right calf. Freese was 3-for-3 with three singles, two RBIs and two runs scored before Skip Schumaker pinch-hit for him in the sixth.
After singling in the fifth, Freese sought medical attention from a team trainer and spoke with manager Mike Matheny but remained in the game. Freese came around to score on a single by Tony Cruz.
Freese extended his hitting streak to nine games, and he has had four multihit games over that span. He's batting .424 since June 20 and has brought his average up to .314 -- the highest it's been since May 5.
Freese is quickly approaching his career high for games played in a season. He appeared in 97 games in 2011 and has played in 91 games this season.