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Norris' 3-run HR rallies A's past Cubs, 8-7

By Antonio Gonzalez

Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, July 2 2013 11:49 p.m. MDT

Chicago Cubs' Chris Rusin works against the Oakland Athletics in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 2, 2013, in Oakland, Calif.

Ben Margot, Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. — Derek Norris hit a three-run homer with two outs in the eighth inning, and the Oakland Athletics rallied to beat the Chicago 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 Chicago, which 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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