"I'll be honest, I was definitely upset," Span said. "I haven't not gotten a hit in 29 days, so that felt weird, walking back to the dugout without getting a hit. I felt sad, like I let myself down, let the fans down, they've been rooting for me.
"Once the game was over, I was able to take a deep breath and say, 'You know what? Now I can move on.' We got a win and now let's see if we can finish these last few games strong."
Span flied out to left field in his first at-bat in the first inning, then grounded out to first base in the second against Marlins starter Henderson Alvarez. The center fielder nearly reached base in the fifth inning on a grounder to shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, but he was thrown out by a step.
Span received a standing ovation from the announced crowd of 25,945 after he struck out swinging in the seventh inning.
"I've gotten a lot of scrutiny this year, with how I started," Span said. "And for me to do what I've done, and give the fans an opportunity to see what I bring to the table, it's just been good for them to see that I am a good player, and [general manager] Mike Rizzo and the Washington Nationals brought me here for a reason. It's just an unbelievable feeling, I'll be honest."
Span batted .388 with five doubles, two triples, two homers and nine RBIs during the streak. Over that time, the Nationals went 21-8 and he raised his batting average from .258 to .282.
"I don't know what my longest hit streak is in my career, but if it's double-digits, it's 10," Jayson Werth said. "At 29, I have no idea, I can't even fathom what was going through his head. That's tough. It was heartbreaking when he broke it, but I'm definitely happy for him. Man, he's been a catalyst for this offense down the stretch here. He's been a big reason for our success."
Span's streak was the longest of his career and two better than Michael Cuddyer's, which was the second-longest in the Majors this season and lasted 27 games. Span also made it more than halfway to Joe DiMaggio's Major League record 56-game hit streak.
"Yeah, I was halfway," Span said, jokingly. "I got to 28, and I thought I was doing something."