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Norris lifts A's over Rays in 10
Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Oakland Athletics stayed in sole possession of first place in the AL West with a hard-fought win on Monday.
With the Angels breathing down their necks for the division lead, the A's outlasted the Tampa Bay Rays, 3-2, thanks to Derek Norris' game-winning single in the 10th inning.
Oakland has been atop the AL West by themselves since April 27, but Monday's win by the Angels had them within a half-game of pulling even, pending on the outcome of the opener of this three-game series.
In the deciding frame, Sam Fuld singled with one away against Grant Balfour (1-4), John Jaso earned a free pass and Josh Donaldson survived a check swing on a 2-2 pitch and a near catch on a foul ball to earn a walk and load the bases.
After Brandon Moss struck out, Norris shot a dribbler up the middle to drive in the winning run and send the A's to their eighth walk-off win of the season.
08/05 02:12:20 ET