On a night when everyone about the A's seemed just a tad fuzzy it was that little guy with the glasses Eric Sogard who once again brought everything into focus.

The A's won't be sending their 3-2 victory over Cleveland on Friday night to the Beautiful Baseball Hall of Fame but it was a gritty important win at the Coliseum and ultimately delivered by a middle infielder who is solidifying his place in Oakland's long-term future.

Sogard's two-out seventh-inning double into the right field corner against tough Indians right-hander Justin Masterson scored catcher Stephen Vogt all the way from first base and broke a 2-2 tie. It was a collar-tugger from there but the bullpen managed to preserve it.

It was the latest clutch hit by Sogard who is batting .315 with 12 RBIs in 22 games since the All-Star break a run that has hiked his season average to 270. Coupled with his defense -- he leaped to snare a high throw on a game-ending double play -- the diminutive second baseman has become one of the A's most valued and valuable players.

"He's been terrific for us" manager Bob Melvin said.

That's an understatement for a guy who came into the season with just 68 major-league games under his belt and a .190 average.

"No doubt it's been just being out there almost every day" Sogard said. "Those first couple years up here I was playing once every four of five days and it was pretty hard for me to get in a rhythm especially at the plate. But being out there every day and just letting me do my thing has allowed me to get comfortable."

His teammates have noticed for sure.

"It's just exciting to see him go off like this" starter A.J. Griffin said. "He's been huge for us right now."

Melvin meanwhile now feels comfortable hitting Sogard up in the lineup or down. Wherever he winds up Sogard doesn't really care.

"Anywhere" he said. "I go up there with the same approach every time just try to get on base get a rally started for the guys and let the big guys drive me in."