Washington, DC (Sports Network) - A spectacular diving catch by Washington
Nationals center fielder Denard Span saved the game as the Nationals edged the
San Francisco Giants, 6-5, in the middle test of a three-game set.
The Nationals had a 6-4 lead entering the ninth as Rafael Soriano took the
mound, but a two-out RBI single by Brandon Belt brought the Giants within one.
Soriano then gave up a single to Buster Posey, putting the winning run on
Hunter Pence was the next to bat. He knocked an 0-1 slider deep into center
field. Span went after the fly ball, slid down on one knee and caught it as he
turned over on his back.
Span's catch helped keep the Nationals' momentum going, as they are now on a
five-game winning streak. They are also one game shy of .500 and remain 8 1/2
games behind the Reds for the second wild-card spot.
Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann (14-6) allowed one run on six hits and a
pair of walks over seven innings to pick up the win.
Tim Lincecum (6-12) got the start for San Francisco, but surrendered all six
runs on seven hits and two walks over five frames.
The Giants have lost three straight and six of their last eight games.
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