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WASHINGTON (AP) With the outcome of the game riding on his ability to snare a liner in the gap, Denard Span began his pursuit of the baseball by taking a step in the wrong direction.
From that point, Washington’s center fielder made all the right moves.
Span made a diving catch in deep center field with two runners on base for the final out, and the Nationals held off the San Francisco Giants 6-5 Wednesday night for their fifth straight victory.
Jordan Zimmermann (14-6) increased his NL-leading win total, allowing one run in seven innings and outpitching Tim Lincecum (6-12). Washington matched its longest winning streak of the season and moved within one victory of .500 for the first time since July 20.
After scoring once in the ninth off Rafael Soriano, the Giants put runners on first and second with two outs. Hunter Pence hit a drive to left-center…
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