MLB Game Summary - Chicago Cubs at Oakland

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Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Derek Norris stroked Oakland's third homer of the game with a go-ahead three-run shot in the eighth, lifting the Athletics over the Chicago Cubs, 8-7, on Tuesday.

Josh Reddick worked a two-out walk to keep the inning alive and up next was Norris, who crushed an offering from James Russell (1-2) over the left center field wall to erase Oakland's deficit and give it a one-run edge.

Norris then made a strong defensive play from behind the plate in the ninth to turn a double-play. On Grant Balfour's strikeout of Starlin Castro, Norris gunned down Luis Valbuena at second base for the second out.

Balfour then got Nate Schierholtz to ground out to notch his 20th save. Dan Otero (1-0) picked up the win with a scoreless eighth.

Josh Donaldson hit a two-run homer and Chris Young added a solo shot for Oakland, which was able to prevail despite starter A.J. Griffin allowing seven runs on 10 hits over 5 2/3 frames.

Welington Castillo had two hits and drove in three runs, while Alfonso Soriano hit a three-run homer for the Cubs, who came in winners in four of their last five games. It was Chicago's first ever regular season visit to Oakland.

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