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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