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A's rally past Cubs on Derek Norris' home run

Published: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 12:42 a.m. CDT
The Athletics' Derek Norris (center) is congratulated by Eric Sogard and Josh Donaldson after Norris hit a three-run home run off the Cubs' James Russell in the eighth inning Tuesday night in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

OAKLAND, Calif. – Derek Norris hit a three-run homer with two outs in the eighth inning, and the Oakland Athletics rallied to beat the Cubs, 8-7, on Tuesday night to regain the AL West lead.

Norris sent the 2-2 pitch from James Russell (1-2) over the left-center field wall for his fourth home run this season. Josh Donaldson and Chris Young also homered to put the A's a half-game ahead of Texas, which lost, 9-2, at Seattle.

Alfonso Soriano hit a three-run homer to highlight a five-run fifth inning and Welington Castillo drove in three runs for the Cubs, who twice blew a two-run lead. The Cubs are 35-46 at their season's midpoint.

Dan Otero (1-0) pitched one scoreless inning for his first career win, and Grant Balfour finished for his 20th straight save this season and 38th overall.

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