- - Monday, October 14, 2019

The stellar pitching by the Washington Nationals in the NL Championship Series forced St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Shildt to make a big gamble before Game 3.

Shildt put right fielder Jose Martinez in the starting lineup, giving the team a weaker defensive team.

Martinez had pinch hits in the first two games and took a lineup spot from Matt Carpenter, who started at third base Saturday.

“Just looking to mix it up a bit, nothing too crazy, obviously,” Shildt said at Nationals Park on Monday.

The Nationals allowed just one run in the first two games of the series as starting pitchers Anibal Sanchez and Max Scherzer had no-hitters through six innings. Washington starter Stephen Strasburg allowed one hit and no runs in the first three innings of Game 3 on Wednesday.



The Nationals took a 1-0 lead in the last of the third Monday as Adam Eaton had an RBI hit to drive in Victor Robles, who had missed the previous five games with hamstring issues.

A double by Anthony Rendon scored Eaton to make it 2-0 as left fielder Marcell Ozuna couldn’t make a diving catch towards the line.

The Nationals made it 4-0 later in the inning as Howie Kendrick had a two-run double.

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