Posted July 03, 2013 on AP on Fox
Derek Norris' knack for big swings in big moments bailed out the Oakland Athletics again. Norris hit a three-run homer with two outs in the eighth inning, and the A's rallied to beat the Chicago Cubs 8-7 on Tuesday night to regain the AL West lead. Five of the catcher's 11 career home runs have given Oakland the lead. ''He does his best work late in games with runners in scoring position,'' A's manager Bob Melvin said. ''He's gotten big hits for us since he got here last year. If you're going to get a few hits in certain situations, obviously the bigger situations are the type of things that get the respect of your teammates and give us confidence when he comes up there in big situations he can get it done.'' Norris, who entered the game with a .195 batting average backing up the injured John Jaso, sent the 2-2 changeup 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-g...
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