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Denard Span's Sensational Catch Saves Game for Nationals



    With only five outs to go, the Nationals led the Giants 6-1 Wednesday, so obviously they made the 30,000-plus at Nationals Park sweat those last five outs, well, out. 

    The Giants trailed 6-5 with two outs and runners on first and second when Hunter Pence hit a long ball to deep center field that surely would have plated both runners if it dropped.

    Fortunately for the Nationals, it dropped right into Denard Span's outstretched glove to end the game and preserve their 6-5 victory.

    #Spanning, y'all.

    "I actually took a false step, kind of stepped in a little bit, and then I just broke for the ball and put my head down for two or three steps and was able to, you know, come up for the ball," Span told reporters.

    "Off the bat, I'm like 'Oh, bleep bleep.' I just put my head down and I looked up and it seemed like I had gained ground on it. And that's when I said, you know what, I'm going to be able to have a chance to reach for it. And once I caught it, I just tried to hold on to it."

    Here's the kicker, though: Despite having won five straight, the Nationals have only gained a half game in the NL wild card race as they still trail the Reds and Diamondbacks, who swept the Orioles this week (so, about that whole "Baltimore is better than D.C." thing...).

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