Denard Span extended his career-long hitting streak to 24 games Friday night when he flared a single into left field in the sixth inning.
The hitting streak, which began on Aug. 17 in Atlanta, has been integral for Span in turning his season around at the plate and bringing his numbers back up to his career norms. The Nationals also entered Friday’s game having gone 17-6 over the course of Span’s streak.
When the streak began, Span was hitting .260 with a .311 on-base percentage. After his single in the sixth on Friday, he was hitting .280 on the season.
The streak was the second trend that continued for the Nationals in Friday’s game, which they led 6-1 when Span singled. The other was Ryan Zimmerman’s home run barrage of late, and he clubbed his ninth home run in the last 11 games to give the Nationals a 3-1 lead in the third.