Digest: Matt Wieters breaks tie in 8th with grand slam in Nationals' 9-4 win over Cubs

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Matt Wieters hit a tiebreaking grand slam off Carl Edwards Jr. in Washington's five-run eighth inning, helping the visiting Nationals beat the Chicago Cubs, 9-4, on Sunday. Bryce Harper started the winning rally with a one-out infield single against Mike Montgomery. Ryan Zimmerman doubled against Edwards and Daniel Murphy was walked intentionally to load the bases. Washington then grabbed control in a span of two pitches. Edwards (3-3) hit Anthony Rendon, tying it at 4, and Wieters, a former Oriole, followed with a drive over the wall in center for his third career grand slam. "It was a first-pitch breaking ball, but out of his hands I recognized it up and it was something that I felt like I could get in the air and it just happened to carry it out," Wieters said. Wieters drove in five runs, and Rendon also had an RBI double for the NL East-leading Nationals, who had dropped three of four.

Roster move: The Oakland Athletics designated former Orioles catcher Ryan Lavarnway for assignment.

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Toliver's 20 points, late flurry lift Mystics, 85-80

Kristi Toliver (Maryland) had 20 points, including four in the final 14 seconds, and Tierra Ruffin-Pratt scored a season-high 17 to help the short-handed Washington Mystics beat the visiting Phoenix Mercury, 85-80, on Sunday. Emma Meesseman added 15 points, Tianna Hawkins (Maryland) scored 10 and Krystal Thomas had 16 rebounds for Washington (15-10). The Mystics were without Tayler Hill, Natasha Cloud (Maryland) and Elena Delle Donne, the 2015 WNBA Most Valuable Player who averages a team-high 18.8 points per game. Toliver sandwiched a short fadeaway jumper and a 3-pointer around two free throws and a 3-point play by Ruffin-Pratt during a 10-4 run that gave Washington a 77-72 lead with 4:20 and Phoenix (13-12) trailed the rest of the way. Diana Taurasi converted a three-point play and, after a jumper by Meesseman, Yvonne Turner hit a 3 to pull the Mercury within one, but they committed turnovers on each of their next three possessions before Toliver hit a long jumper and two free throws to cap the scoring.

Laurel Park: Diane Manning's Rapid Dan took advantage of a speed duel up front to split horses in deep stretch and go on to a 13/4-length upset victory in the featured open entry-level allowance at Laurel Park. The second of two winners Sunday for trainer Dale Capuano, Rapid Dan ($24.60) ran 51/2 furlongs in 1 minute, 4.02 seconds over a Bowl Game Turf Course layout listed as yielding. It was the 6-year-old gelding's first win in 17 starts, dating to July 27, 2015.

Swimming: Ryan Lochte broke Michael Phelps' meet record in the final of the 200 meter individual medley at the U.S. Open. Lochte's time of 1:59.24 bested the 1:59.26 swum by Baltimore's Phelps on Nov. 30, 2006. The weeklong event at the Nassau County Aquatic Center was Lochte's first USA Swimming-sanctioned meet after a 10-month suspension for his behavior during an incident at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

NFL: The Tennessee Titans waived/injured linebacker Victor Ochi, who tore his ACL on Friday night. Ochi was in camp last summer with the Ravens.

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