What appeared to be the weakest pitching matchup of the series instead delivered the highest quality hurling of all.
In what was an oddly low-scoring series through the first two games, the A’s proved they can win with less just as effectively as they can with more.
As contenders continue to fold around them, the Athletics continue to climb up the American League playoff ladder.
Brett Anderson flirted with perfection for longer than he ever had in his previous 136 big league starts Friday night at the Oakland Coliseum.
The Sean Manaea-Jonathan Lucroy battery has produced some memorable moments. Tuesday, the duo led the Athletics to a 8-3 victory over the Blue Jays.
After celebrating the 100th win in Edwin Jackson's career Monday night, Tuesday brought more merry-making.
"The Bridge" trophy will spend its first year of existence in Oakland after the Athletics overcame a late Giants comeback.
After about three hours of baseball, what was left of the 56,310 at the Oakland Coliseum got their first real bit of excitement.
Stephen Piscotty stayed as hot as an Independence Day firecracker Sunday, finishing the first half on a nine-game hitting streak.
When Edwin Jackson tossed six one-run innings in Detroit, he became the 12th Athletics pitcher to make a start this season.
Not one time Saturday afternoon did Edwin Jackson pitch out of the stretch.
Despite a laborious first two innings, Paul Blackburn settled down to retire 14 of 15 en route to a 3-1 Oakland win.
The A's are one hot run from sliding into the second WC slot, and they put themselves in the hunt with contributions from everyone on the roster.
The Astros jumped on starter Frankie Montas and the Athletics early. And in the same way they had done all series, they never let up.
Since 2016, Khris Davis has swatted 102 home runs, more than any other major leaguer in that time. He is in search of his first ASG nod.
Chris Bassitt held the Royals to three hits and one run, but on this Saturday afternoon, that wasn't good enough to beat Danny Duffy.
Over six innings, Paul Blackburn held Kansas City to three hits while coaxing 12 ground-ball outs.
After mustering just one hit Wednesday night and three runs in the previous three game, the A's got the offense going.
With their entire roster slumping, the Oakland offense is hardly in position to overcome a three-run deficit.
For the third time in four starts, Trevor Cahill was absolutely overwhelming at home.
Frankie Montas, recalled from Triple-A Nashville before the game, did his best to match Daniel Mengden's Saturday gem.
After a flawless top of the first from Daniel Mengden, Matt Joyce crushed the first pitch he saw from Clay Buchholz.
Sean Manaea came in with a 5.96 ERA in four previous starts this month and couldn't make it through the fourth.
Davis, who leads the A's and is among baseball's top 10 in home runs and RBIs, was placed on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday.
Nothing played as significant a role in the A's recently completed 7-3 road trip as the bullpen.
The Athletics won Sunday, 2-1, beating Baltimore to earn a sweep and send the Orioles deeper into the American League cellar.
Behind Mengden, back-to-back first-inning homers from Davis and Olson, and some clutch late-inning at-bats, the A's top the O's.
It seemed like a long time ago when Matt Olson last hit a ball to a galaxy far, far away.
After a five hour-and-48 minute slugfest, Matt Olson's two-out walkoff liner propelled the Athletics to a 12-11 14-inning victory.
Daniel Mengden was given the chance to start the ninth Tuesday night but was unable to finish.
Certain levels of fanfare come with the title of "Japanese Babe Ruth." Shohei Ohtani brought it all to Oakland over the weekend.
Daniel Mengden battled for 5-2/3 innings, but his six runs surrendered were too many for the A's to overcome.
Marcus Semien sent most of the nearly-30,000 home happy when he slapped an 11th-inning walkoff single to center.
As is, Oakland is not a playoff team. It's also not a last-place team.
Dustin Fowler will wear the green and gold of the Oakland Athletics in 2018. He just won't be in them on opening weekend.
There wasn't supposed to be any major questions revolving around the Athletics infield this offseason.