This did not seem like a game destined to end with Eric Sogard taking his maiden victory pies to the face.
On the day Yoenis Céspedes rejoined Oakland's lineup - and brought his powerful bat with him - the A's trailed 5-0 in the sixth inning. They trailed 6-4 in the seventh and 8-6 in the ninth.
And then, improbably and dramatically, they won in the 10th. Sogard scored the decisive run, belatedly scrambling out of the dirt at third base and dashing home to complete Sunday's wild, entertaining and much-needed 9-8 victory over Baltimore.
So the parting scene at the Coliseum: Sogard standing near the dugout, doing a postgame television interview as Josh Reddick approached from behind and slammed two pies into his face.
"It tasted great," Sogard said.
Those pies tasted better than the dirt Sogard sampled in the preceding moments. The A's had forced extra innings with two-run, game-tying homers by Seth Smith (in the seventh) and Céspedes (in the ninth), much to the delight of 27,475 spectators.
Sogard opened the 10th with a single and moved to second when reliever Pedro Strop threw the ball into center field on Adam Rosales' bunt. Coco Crisp followed with another bunt - and third baseman Manny Machado also threw wildly, past shortstop J.J. Hardy into left field.
Here, it really got interesting.
Sogard, after sliding head-first, stayed sprawled in the dirt for what seemed like three or four seconds. As the ball bounced into left field, third-base coach Mike Gallego waved his arms and shouted for Sogard to run.