Williams keeps same lineup with season on line

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Manager Matt Williams stayed with his regular lineup with the Washington Nationals one loss from elimination, while not ruling out using Ryan Zimmerman in a key moment as a pinch hitter.

Zimmerman is 3 for 17 against Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco’s Game 3 starter Monday in the NL Division Series, and Williams wanted his best defense behind Doug Fister. Zimmerman’s health didn’t factor into the decision but rather that some Nationals left-handed hitters have had success against 18-game winner and lefty Bumgarner.

Zimmerman, recovering from a torn right hamstring, is one of the club’s best right-handed hitters but the veteran third baseman and outfielder was limited to 61 games this season because of the hamstring.