Before Sunday's finale with the White Sox, A's manager Bob Melvin said that runs would be at a premium.
Well called, Mr. Melvin. Oakland starter Jarrod Parker didn't allow a run, and Chicago starter Chris Sale extended his string of scoreless innings to 28 before the A's finally snuck one runner across in the sixth inning on Josh Donaldson's sacrifice fly. The A's went on to beat the White Sox 2-0 on Sunday, sweeping the series and winning for the ninth time in their past 10 games.
At 34-24, Oakland is a season-high 10 games above .500, matching the club's best record after 58 games in the past 22 years, something the A's also did in 1992 and 2004.
"We're hot," Parker said. "We just kept at it today. There's no real pressure on us, we're just playing our kind of game."
Chicago has lost six games in a row overall, and the White Sox have been shut out three times in that span, twice by the A's, who allowed just three runs, total, in the three games.
"We know that these guys have been scuffling as of late and we wanted to come out and we wanted to bury them," A's catcher Derek Norris said. "The last thing you want to do is give a team that's struggling a chance to come back and make a run."
Coco Crisp walked to open the sixth, then became the A's first baserunner to make it past second base when Jed Lowrie's single moved him to third. With one out, Donaldson hit a flyball to right and Crisp sprinted in while the throw from Casper Wells got past catcher Tyler Flowers.
The A's added another run in the eighth against Addison Reed, when Crisp singled and then scored when Chicago center fielder Jordan Danks overran Lowrie's base hit to center.