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Aces Climb Out of Early Hole, Drop Season Finale
After erasing a seven-run deficit, Melbourne lets late lead slip away
01/24/2016 3:52 AM ET
 (Joe Vella - SMP Images / ABL Media)

SYDNEY -- The Jet Couriers Melbourne Aces erased an early seven-run deficit but ended up losing the final game of the 2015/16 season 10-8 against the CompassMarkets.com Sydney Blue Sox at Blue Sox Stadium.

The Aces (20-35) rallied back after giving up seven runs in the first two innings. Keith Curcio hit an RBI double in the third, and James Beresford hit a two-run double in the fifth. Curcio drove in his second run of the game with a single to right in the sixth.

Melbourne took the lead 8-7 after a four-run top of the seventh, and all four runs were scored with two outs in the inning. Mike Hill scored on a fielding error by the right fielder Alex Howe, and Liam Bedford plated Josh Davies with a single to centre. Curcio increased his RBI total to four with a bases-loaded single.

The lead didn't last for long, as the Blue Sox (26-29) responded with three runs in the bottom of the seventh. Three one-out singles in a row brought home David Kandilas to tie the game, and Sydney took the lead on Howe's two-out, two-run single to centre.

The Aces did not get a hit in the final two innings against Keiji Uezono and Todd Van Steensel, who earned his fifth save of the season. Aaron Sookee (2-2) got the win in relief while Troy Marks (0-2), who pitched the seventh inning, took the loss for Melbourne.

Sydney got off to a fast start with three runs in the bottom of the first. Rhys Hoskins hit a sacrifice fly to centre, Tyler Bortnick scored on a fielding error by the third baseman Bedford, and Michael Quesada drove in the third run with an RBI single.

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The Blue Sox added four more in the second on a three-run double by Hoskins, who scored later in the inning on a fielder's choice.

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