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Aces Snap Sydney's Seven-Game Win Streak
Larkins pitches seven strong innings, George drives in three
12/19/2015 5:30 AM ET
Darryl George drove in three runs in Melbourne's 7-3 victory
Darryl George drove in three runs in Melbourne's 7-3 victory (Andy Cheung - SMP Images / ABL Media)

SYDNEY -- The Jet Couriers Melbourne Aces scored seven runs in the first four innings and went on to defeat the CompassMarkets.com Sydney Blue Sox 7-3 in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader at Blue Sox Ballpark.

Matt Larkins (4-3) pitched seven strong innings, allowed just one earned run (three total) on five hits with five strikeouts. He earned his second straight victory following a complete-game shutout against the SA Power Networks Adelaide Bite in his last outing.

The Aces (13-22) jumped in front early on Darryl George's RBI double in the first inning. Melbourne added three more the following inning on a Logan Moon RBI single and back-to-back hit-by-pitches of Tanner Vavra and George.

Mike Hill led off the top of the third with a triple to centre field. He came home to score the fifth Aces run on Liam Bedford's sacrifice fly.

Sydney (18-16) answered back with three runs in the bottom of the third. Joshua Strong led off with a ground-rule double and scored on a groundout. Trent D'Antonio followed with an RBI triple and scored on a groundout as well.

Melbourne increased their lead back to four with a two-run top of the fourth. Sydney's starting pitcher Jan Stoecklin (3-2) exited the game with runners on first and second. The Aces loaded the bases, and George hit a sacrifice fly to plate Keith Curcio. Trey Vavra followed with an RBI single to right field.

The Blue Sox sent the tying run to the plate in the eighth inning, loading the bases with no outs. Shane Lindsay pitched out of the jam, striking out Joshua Strong and Jacob Younis and getting Max Brennen to line out to first.

Melbourne's victory snapped Sydney's seven-game win streak and 10-game home win streak. The Aces can split the Round 9 series and even the season series against the Blue Sox with another win in Sunday's series finale.

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COMING UP: The Aces wrap up their four-game road series against Sydney at 1:00 p.m. Sunday. Melbourne will send RHP Mike McGillivray (1-4, 4.81 ERA) to the mound facing RHP Wayne Lundgren (1-4, 2.36 ERA) for the Blue Sox. You can watch the action on abltv.com.

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