The Carolina Mudcats topped visiting Buies Creek 3-2 on Monday night on an RBI double by Cooper Hummel that accounted for the go-ahead run in the bottom of the seventh inning. The outcome left the Astros with a one-game lead over the Winston-Salem Dash in the Carolina League Southern Division second-half standings. Jacob Meyers had a solo homer for Buies Creek. … North Carolina High School Athletic Association programs are in the midst of their first summer dead period from July 2-8. … Brazil topped Mexico, 2-0, and Belgium rallied past Japan, 3-2, in World Cup soccer.