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A's takeaways: What you might have missed in 6-4 win vs. rival Rangers

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The A’s swept the Texas Rangers on Thursday, increasing their winning streak to six games with a 6-4 victory at the Coliseum.

Two-time All-Star Todd Frazier had his third straight 2-for-4 day at the plate, but the A's were even better on offense. Oakland scored six runs for the second straight game, and the A's built on the strong defense and bullpen performances we've seen over the past week.

Here’s what you might've missed in Thursday’s win.

‘Stache Olson

When Matt Olson arrived at media availability on Thursday, a couple of reporters didn’t recognize him. That’s mostly because of the brand-new mustache he’s sporting.

And it’s not going anywhere.

On Thursday, Olson crushed a ball into deep right center in the bottom of the second inning to put the A’s on the board.

Since the moment the facial hair sprouted, Olson has been on a tear. That began in Wednesday’s 6-4 win over the Rangers, when Olson had his eighth career game with two homers.

A’s manager Bob Melvin approves of it, Olson told reporters it wasn’t going anywhere and his teammates also respect the ‘stache.

 


Bullpen remains a chef’s kiss

I'm not sure how Yusmeiro Petit does it, but he managed to get himself in a pickle with the bases loaded in the top of the eighth. He got the two outs he needed, thanks to an Anderson Tejeda infield fly and then a Robinson Chirinos strikeout.

Only Petit can get out of such chaotic situations so calmly.

Petit and the rest of the A's bullpen had a 1.90 ERA heading into the game, and none of Oakland's relievers allowed any runs Thursday.

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Khris Davis’ power never left

Davis had a pretty solid outing at the plate Thursday, and his power certainly showed even though he didn't homer. The slugger went 2-for-3, and his lineout to shortstop had an exit velocity of 105.3 mph, That was hit harder than Olson’s homer in the second.

This was also Davis’ second multi-hit game of the season.

Melvin mentioned hitting coach Darren Bush was working with Davis on some adjustments with his hands after a slow start to the season. It appeared to be a timing issue, and it looks like Davis finally is figuring things out.

The power was always there, but it’s the production that has started to come back.