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Replay reversal helps A's defeat Marlins

MIAMI -- Oakland's Coco Crisp scored the go-ahead run in the ninth inning after a call was reversed on replay evidence, and the majors-leading Athletics went on to win 9-5 at Miami on Friday.

The A's extended their lead in the American League West division to 4-1/2 games as their nearest rival, the Los Angeles Angels, lost against Kansas City in a form reversal for both teams.

In the key National League match-ups, St. Louis beat the Los Angeles Dodgers and Cincinnati was too good for a sliding San Francisco.

Oakland led 4-0 early against Miami but had fallen behind before Josh Reddick's two-out RBI triple tied the game in the eighth, and the Athletics scored four times in the ninth off Marlins closer Steve Cishek (4-3).

Crisp singled to start the ninth and took second on Alberto Callaspo's single. When Yoenis Cespedes followed with a single, right fielder Giancarlo Stanton made a strong throw home, and Crisp was ruled out at the plate.

After a lengthy review, the called was overturned, giving the A's a 6-5 lead, and they padded that with late runs.

St. Louis' Jhonny Peralta hit a tiebreaking two-run double and Yadier Molina homered to give the Cardinals a 3-1 win over the Dodgers.

Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez was pulled in the fifth inning despite the 2-0 lead, having given up a single and a walk. Seth Maness (3-2) relieved and ended the inning with a double-play grounder. Maness allowed one hit through 2 1-3 innings.

St. Louis center fielder Jon Jay robbed Juan Uribe of a potential RBI double in the sixth when he sprinted toward the warning track and made a diving backhanded grab. Pat Neshek retired Matt Kemp on a grounder with a runner at second in the eighth.

Cincinnati's Billy Hamilton and Jay Bruce drove in two runs apiece to power the Reds to a 6-2 win at San Francisco.

Johnny Cueto (8-5) gave up only three hits in 8 1-3 innings as Cincinnati won their sixth game in seven.

The NL West-leading Giants saw their lead atop the division sliced to two games, having been 9-1/2 at one point.

Milwaukee's Ryan Braun was hit by a pitch in the seventh inning that scored a run and had an RBI single in the ninth that scored the game-winner as the Brewers edged Colorado 3-2.

Mark Reynolds led off the ninth with a single off reliever Matt Belisle (2-3) and advanced on a sacrifice by Jean Segura. Scooter Gennett was intentionally walked and the runners advanced on a passed ball by the catcher. After a strikeout, Braun drilled the first pitch of his at-bat up the middle for the winner.

Kansas City's Omar Infante capped a seven-run inning with his first career grand slam as the Royals beat the Angels 8-6.

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