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Down to final out, Blue Sox rally to sink Aces
D'Antonio cranks two-out homer to save Sydney
12/23/2012 9:32 AM ET
Trent D'Antonio's two-out ninth-inning homer saved the Blue Sox.
Trent D'Antonio's two-out ninth-inning homer saved the Blue Sox. (Brett Crockford / SMP Images)
MELBOURNE, 22 December - Trent D'Antonio hit a two-run home run in the ninth inning with the Sydney Blue Sox (13-12) down to their final out to edge a 4-3 win over the Jet Couriers Melbourne Aces (8-17) Saturday evening at Melbourne Ballpark.

With Michael Lysaught on first base and the visitors trailing 3-2, D'Antonio hit his second home run of the season to right field, putting Sydney ahead 4-3. In the bottom of the ninth, Sox closer Matt Williams shut the door for his eighth save of the year to solidify the Sox win.

Melbourne hopped on the board first, scoring two runs in the first inning on a sacrifice fly and an RBI-groundout. The 2-0 score was short-lived however, as Sydney got one back in the second inning without recording a hit. Aces' starter Shane Lindsay hit Chris Snelling, walked Lysaught, hit JD Williams and walked D'Antonio, forcing Snelling in from third and cutting the lead in half at 2-1.

Sydney then evened the score in the fourth inning, when Geoff Klein led off with a walk and three batters later JD Williams doubled, scoring Klein. Melbourne took the lead at 3-2 in the sixth inning before Sydney earned the late win behind D'Antonio's blast.

Tyler Herr (1-1) picked up the win, tossing a scoreless eighth inning and striking out one. Adam Blackley (1-3) suffered the loss, tossing four innings of relief and allowing two runs on two hits.

D'Antonio, Williams and James Robbins were the only Sox to manage hits as they registered just three on the night. However, the squad took advantage of seven walks and three hit batters to scratch the four runs across.

The Blue Sox and Aces conclude their four-game series tomorrow at 1:05 p.m. as Sydney looks to win their third game of the weekend. Tim Atherton (1-1, 2.40 ERA) gets the start for Sydney while Melbourne has yet to name a starter.

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.