MIAMI -- The A's got a big call overturned in their favor Friday night, one that kicked off a critical four-run ninth inning in a 9-5 victory over the Marlins.
With Marlins closer Steve Cishek on the mound, he of a 1.93 ERA, the A's got consecutive hits from Coco Crisp and Alberto Callaspo in advance of a base hit by Yoenis Cespedes, setting up a close play at the plate with Crisp on a throw from right fielder Giancarlo Stanton.
Crisp was initially ruled out by home-plate umpire Marty Foster, but a rather lengthy crew-chief review revealed the A's speedster was actually safe -- not to his surprise.
"I slid in," said Crisp, "and I said, 'Safe,' because I thought I was safe."
"Once they showed that first replay," said Reddick, "we knew he was safe."
That set in motion another round of hits in the big inning, helping the A's keep the Majors' best record secure at 49-30.
"We don't sit in the dugout with the mindset we're going to score four," said Josh Reddick. "We just want to come back with that one. The momentum-pusher there was Coco scoring. He kept it going for us, and after that, just kept going."
"It was very close," said Cishek. "It was a great throw by [Stanton]. When he slid in there, I thought it was close. It was. I knew they were going to review. I was keeping my fingers crossed. Sure enough, when they showed it on the JumboTron, I just had that feeling."
Catcher Jeff Mathis wasn't shy in taking the blame.
"I just have got to make a better tag," said Mathis. "Whatever the ruling is, I've got to make the play."
Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.