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Matt Williams

Cespedes, Mets rally past Nationals again for 3-game sweep

Three scintillating comebacks and a pivotal sweep in Washington. Yoenis Cespedes and the surprising New York Mets are in firm control of the NL East.

Cespedes hit a go-ahead homer in the eighth inning moments after pinch-hitter Kelly Johnson connected for a tying shot, and the Mets rallied past the Nationals yet again for a 5-3 victory Wednesday night.

The three-game sweep extended New York's division lead to seven games over Washington with 23 to play. The Mets have won six straight against the Nationals, including a three-game sweep at Citi Field from July 31 to Aug. 2.

"This has been the biggest three games I've had in my career," New York manager Terry...