When it ended, third to second to first for a game-saving double play, Oakland Athletics left-hander Jerry Blevins let out a pure howl.
"I felt pure elation," Blevins said. "It was one of the loudest screams I've even given, I think, on the baseball field."
His fielders rejoiced and rushed to exchange high fives. The rest of the Athletics poured out of the dugout, fists raised. If this was a dress rehearsal for the postseason, my goodness, the A's looked ready for October, immediately if not sooner.
Athletics 6, Los Angeles Angels 5, and don't ask how. Actually, go ahead and ask, because this game was yet another fitting chapter in the Athletics' unlikely season.
Big homers, defensive heroics and late-inning dramatics -- and oh yes, rookie right-hander Daniel Straily working into the seventh inning after allowing six of his first 10 runners to reach in, ahem, only his fourth major league start.
The Athletics extended their road winning streak...