The Miami Marlins fell to the Oakland Athletics 9-5 on Friday due to a lackluster ninth inning from closer Steve Cishek.
Anthony DeSclafani started the game but only lasted three innings due to a right forearm contusion. The right-hander was hit with a comebacker in the first inning but stayed in for two more innings.
It was looking like a potentially decent start for DeSclafani as he allowed two runs but both came in the first frame. DeSclafani struck out two and walked none while surrendering five hits in the short outing.
Brian Flynn who was promoted earlier in the day replaced DeSclafani and allowed two runs of his own in three innings. Flynn settled in after a tough start to his relief appearance and ended up striking out three.
Kevin Gregg gave up the tying run in the eighth inning on a questionable defensive try from Ozuna. The left fielder dove and missed the catch which allowed the runner to score all the way from first base on a triple. If Ozuna played it on a bounce, it likely would've been a single.
In the ninth, things fell apart for the Marlins and Cishek. The closer loaded the bases with nobody out at one point. The go-ahead run scored on a review of an initial decision of an out at the plate. After that, Oakland tacked on three more runs against Cishek.
The Marlins were trailing by four runs entering the sixth inning before they posted a five run inning to take the lead.
In that sixth inning, Garrett Jones (35), Marcell Ozuna (46), Donovan Solano (7), Jeff Mathis (6) and Jeff Baker (13) each had a run batted in
Miami and Oakland will battle again on Saturday with Nathan Eovaldi set to start for the Marlins.