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Nationals’ bullpen flops again

WASHINGTON—With a chance to gain ground in the NL East race, Drew Storen and the rest of Washington’s relievers had a series to forget.

Storen yielded Yoenis Cespedes’ go-ahead homer in the eighth inning, moments after pinch-hitter Kelly Johnson connected for a tying shot off Stephen Strasburg, as the N.Y. Mets rallied past the Nationals 5-3 last night for a pivotal three-game sweep.

Edwards rallies for win

DARLINGTON, S.C.—Joe Gibbs couldn’t help but beam about this team victory.

Carl Edwards drove superbly, crew chief Darian Grubb made stellar calls with his car two laps down, and the No. 19 crew got the car out of the pits in first when it counted most.

The result was Edwards’ first win in the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.

Murray rallies to avoid upset

NEW YORK—Before they stepped on court, there was nothing to suggest Andy Murray would have any trouble against Adrian Mannarino in the U.S. Open’s second round.

Murray, after all, is seeded No. 3, owns two major championships including at Flushing Meadows in 2012, and had reached at least the quarterfinals at the last 18 Grand Slam tournaments he’d entered.

Lions upend Als

MONTREAL—Quarterback John Beck came on in relief and got the B.C. Lions a victory.

But now he may have try his hand at being the starter.

Beck replaced the injured Travis Lulay midway through the first quarter, and threw touchdown passes to Lavelle Hawkins and Austin Collie, as the Lions downed the punchless Montreal Alouettes 25-16 last night.