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OAKLAND, Calif. Ichiro Suzuki Jersey . -- 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 As rallied to beat the Chicago Cubs 8-7 on Tuesday night to regain the AL West lead. Five of the catchers 11 career home runs have given Oakland the lead. "He does his best work late in games with runners in scoring position," As manager Bob Melvin said. "Hes gotten big hits for us since he got here last year. If youre 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-centre field wall for his fourth home run this season. Josh Donaldson and Chris Young also homered to put the As a half-game ahead of Texas, which lost 9-2 at Seattle. Lefty Stephen Vogt wouldve started at catcher for the As against Scott Feldman, but the Cubs traded the right-hander in the morning. When Norris showed up at the ballpark, he learned lefty Chris Rusin had been called up from Triple-A Iowa to take Feldmans place. "I figured it was probably my turn," Norris said, grinning. Alfonso Soriano hit a three-run homer to highlight a five-run fourth inning and Welington Castillo drove in three runs for Chicago, which twice blew a two-run lead. The Cubs are 35-46 at their seasons midpoint after another win evaporated because the bullpen couldnt hold a lead. "Just didnt make a good pitch when I needed to and paid for it," Russell said. Dan Otero (1-0) tossed one scoreless inning for his first career win, and Grant Balfour finished it for his 20th straight save this season and 38th overall. Oakland can once again thank its on-again, off-again catcher for a comeback. Besides his big home run, Norris threw out Luis Valbuena for a double play in the ninth when Balfour struck out Starlin Castro. After tossing his first complete game to beat Homer Bailey and the Cincinnati Reds his last time out, As starter A.J. Griffin gave up 10 hits and tied his career high with seven earned runs in 5 2-3 innings. Bailey threw his second career no-hitter Tuesday night to lead the Reds past the San Francisco Giants, 3-0. "Im just fortunate enough that I have a team that scores a ton of runs," Griffin said. Rusin allowed six hits, struck out two and walked none in 3 1-3 innings for a no-decision in his first major league start this season. He was pitching on three days rest, so Cubs manager Dale Sveum pulled Rusin after 61 pitches. The As roughed up Rusin at the outset. Donaldson hit his 14th home run in the first, and Young followed with his eighth longball of the season in the second to give Oakland a 3-0 lead. The As missed a chance to pile on -- and perhaps run Rusin out of the game even earlier -- when Jed Lowrie struck out with the bases loaded to end the second. While Rusin regrouped in his short stint, so did Chicagos offence. Soriano started the scoring burst when he sent the tying homer over the wall in centre for his 10th home run. The Cubs sent 10 batters to the plate in the fourth inning, with Darwin Barney adding a sacrifice fly and Castillo hitting an RBI single to stretch Chicagos lead to 5-3. The Cubs collapsed on defence in the bottom half behind Carlos Villanueva, who allowed two unearned runs in 3 1-3 innings of relief. Running back and to his right on Adam Rosales short fly, shortstop Castro collided with Soriano in left field and the ball dropped. Coco Crisp followed with a tying, two-run single. Castillos two-run double over the head of Young in centre put the Cubs back ahead, 7-5, and chased Griffin. But as has been the case so often this season, Chicago couldnt protect its lead. "Just gotta get the ball down. Its that simple," Russell said. "Its not that difficult. Its just that one thing. Get the ball down and that wont happen." NOTES: Melvin said RHP Jarrod Parker felt a slight discomfort and tightness in his right hamstring during a bullpen session. Melvin said a decision will be made Wednesday on whether Parker, who left with the injury in the fourth inning of Saturdays loss against St. Louis, will make his next scheduled start Thursday against the Cubs. ... The Cubs had never played a regular-season game at the Oakland Coliseum. The franchise has now played in every current major league city and every active ballpark except the new Yankee Stadium. ... Bartolo Colon (11-2, 2.79 ERA) looks to win his ninth straight start when the As face Matt Garza (3-1, 3.82 ERA) and the Cubs on Wednesday. Felix Hernandez Jersey . Andrews, Scotland - Oliver Wilson fired a final- round, 2-under 70 on Sunday and he held on to win the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship by one shot. Steve Cishek Jersey .com) - The NFL is investigating whether the New England Patriots intentionally deflated balls during Sundays AFC Championship Game against Indianapolis. http://www.baseballmarinersofficial.com/kyle-seager-jersey-c-12/ . -- Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton will be sidelined for at least two weeks because of a strained calf muscle, and pitcher C.Villarreal defender Eric Bailly has passed a medical at Manchester United, according to Sky sources. United faced stiff competition for the signature of the 22-year-old from the likes of Manchester City, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain, but they appear to have won the race for the Ivory Coast internationals services.Sky Sports News HQ understands that interest drove his transfer fee towards the region of £30m, with Bailly impressing in 25 La Liga appearances for Villarreal last season. Bailly in action against Gareth Bale and Real Madrid He joined Villarreal from Espanyol in January 2015 for a fee of around £5m as a replacement for Gabriel Paulista, who had moved to Arsenal earlier that month. How good is Bailly? Eric Bailly to Manchester United: Everything you need to know Bailly has won 14 caps for his country and was part of the Ivory Coast side which won the Africa Cup of Nations in 2015, with the defender scoring a penalty in the shootout against Ghana in the final.Although he does not view Bailly as the finished article just yet, Sky Sports La Liga expert Terry Gibson believes it will be good business by Manchester United if the deal goes through. Bailly wonn the Africa Cup of Nations in 2015 with the Ivory Coast Bailly is a fast, tall, athletic and strong central defender, who is particularly good when faced with one-on-one situations, he said. Edgar Martinez Jersey. When in possession he likes to run out from the back with the ball and has even looked comfortable in these situations when he has played as a right-back for Villarreal, venturing forward and not looking out of place in attacking play. 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