Span records second straight four-hit game

Span records second straight four-hit game

CINCINNATI -- For the second consecutive game Friday night, Nationals center fielder Denard Span went 4-for-5, this time during the Nats' 4-1 win over the Reds, seeing his batting average rise to .289.

After grounding out in his first at-bat to lead off the game, Span led off the third inning with a single off Reds starter Alfredo Simon, hit an RBI single in the Nats' three-run fourth, singled and scored in the sixth and added his fourth consecutive single in the eighth.

Span has been standing upright at the plate and spraying the ball all over the place, something he did often while playing for the Twins.

"Whenever you use all fields, it creates more holes in the defense. They can't really shade you to one side," Span said. "When you are using the whole field, it's usually a good sign for any hitter."

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.