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A's capitalize on Derek Norris pinch-hit blast

  • Oakland Athletics' Derek Norris, right, is congratulated by Chris Young (25) after Norris hit a two-run home run off Los Angeles Angels' Scott Downs in the seventh inning of a baseball game Saturday, July 27, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

OAKLAND — Derek Norris asks for pinch hitting advice from Oakland hitting coach Chili Davis and other veterans who have played in the NL.

That assistance paid off on Saturday as Norris had a pinch-hit two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning in the Athletics' 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.

"It does take a little different mindset," Norris said after getting his first career pinch hit in 17 at-bats. "It's not an easy thing to do. Relievers are so good these days you want to be aggressive and look for something early in the count."

Jed Lowrie also drove in a run for the A's, who won their second straight and five of seven overall. Coco Crisp added two hits.

"That's just the way we play baseball," Norris said. "There's no one guy like a (Miguel) Cabrera or a Chris Davis. We have a group of guys who can put together things."

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