MIAMI - Coco Crisp scored the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth inning on a play at the plate that was overturned by replay, helping the Oakland A's defeat the Miami Marlins 9-5 on Friday night in the opener of an interleague series at Marlins Park.
Oakland (49-30), which has won nine of its past 11 games, has the best record in baseball.
Miami (39-41) has not won consecutive games since June 10.
With the score tied 5-5, Crisp, the A's center fielder, led off the ninth with a single and advanced to second on second baseman Alberto Callaspo's single. Left fielder Yoenis Cespedes then singled to right, where Giancarlo Stanton fielded the ball and fired a one-hop strike to home.
Crisp was called out at the plate. But after a long review -- 3 minutes 31 seconds -- it was ruled that catcher Jeff Mathis tagged high, and Crisp got his right foot on the plate in time.
Oakland then added three more runs to secure the win.
The A's entered the sixth leading 4-0. But the Marlins got six hits in the frame, including the first five to start the inning. Singles by Stanton, third baseman Casey McGehee, first baseman Garrett Jones and outfielder Marcell Ozuna cut the A's deficit to 4-2 and knocked out starter Jesse Chavez.
Reliever Dan Otero gave up a run-scoring double to shortstop Donovan Solano to make it 4-3. Mathis' groundout tied the score 4-4 before pinch-hitter Jeff Baker put Miami on top with an RBI single.
Oakland tied the score in the eighth on right fielder Josh Reddick's two-out triple to center, which scored catcher Stephen Vogt from first. Reddick's hit became a triple when Ozuna, who by this point of the game had moved to left field, tried to make a diving catch. But the ball bounced off his glove, leading to the run.
Oakland opened the game by scoring twice in the first inning. With one out, Callaspo and Cespedes each singled. First baseman Brandon Moss then lined a single off of pitcher Anthony DeSclafani to load the bases.
The RBIs went to third baseman Josh Donaldson on a groundout and shortstop Jed Lowrie, who had a run-scoring single.
DeSclafani, who suffered a right-forearm contusion on that line drive by Moss, lasted just three innings, allowing five hits and two runs.
Miami nearly scored in the third. Stanton, who had walked, tried to score on a two-out single to left by Jones. But Cespedes' strong throw nailed Stanton at the plate.
The Marlins disputed the call, but it was ruled that catcher Derek Norris tagged Stanton on the left shoulder before the Marlins star touched the plate.
Oakland stretched its lead to 3-0 in the fourth after loading the bases with no outs. The A's might have scored more in the inning if not for two stellar diving stops by Marlins shortstop Donovan Solano, who is filling in for injured starter Adeiny Hechavarria.
Donaldson's RBI triple that caromed oddly off the wall in center field gave Oakland a 4-0 lead in the fifth. Scoring on the play was Cespedes, who had walked to lead off the inning.
NOTES: Miami optioned 1B Justin Bour to Triple-A New Orleans and promoted LHP Brian Flynn from the same team. Flynn was 7-5 with a 3.56 ERA in 91 innings at New Orleans. He allowed three or fewer runs in 14 of his 16 starts. ... The weekend visit by the A's was their first trip to south Florida in 11 years. ... A's C Derek Norris was back in the lineup for the first time since Sunday, when he took a backswing to the head. However, Norris left in Friday's sixth inning due to a back injury. ... A's LF Yoenis Cespedes said he wants to defend his Home Run Derby title at this year's All-Star Game. He hurt his wrist during last year's event and the A's wouldn't mind if he skipped it this year. ... The three-game weekend series continues Saturday with A's RHP Sonny Gray facing Marlins RHP Nathan Eovaldi on Saturday.