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Sox offensive surge ends losing streak
Sydney avoids 10th-straight defeat
12/16/2017 3:05 AM ET
Chiang Chih-hsien put Sydney up 8-0 with his sixth home run of the season (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA
Chiang Chih-hsien put Sydney up 8-0 with his sixth home run of the season (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA (Ben Southall)

Sydney needed a spark to snap a team-record nine-game losing streak and its offence delivered at Melbourne Ballpark on Saturday night.

The Blue Sox scored eight second-inning runs on their way to a 9-5 victory over Melbourne.

Sydney recorded six hits in the second as they chased Aces' starter Kona Takahashi from the game and built a game-winning eight-run advantage.

Connor MacDonald landed the first blow with a two-run single.

Trent D'Antonio made it 4-0 with a two-run double and Jacob Younis continued his hot start to the series, making it 6-0 with a two-run single.

Chiang Chih-hsien completed the eight-run burst with a two-run homer, his sixth of the season.

The Blue Sox made it 9-0 before the Aces mounted a rally.

Melbourne opened its account on Allan de San Miguel's RBI-double.

The Aces then got to Sydney starter Clayton Freimuth to make it a four-run ballgame in the fifth.

Jarryd Dale blasted a two-run homer and Brett Cumberland added a two-run shot - his third of the season - moments later.

Freimuth then walked Tyler Neslony and was replaced by Sven Schueller.

The Sox starter allowed five runs on nine hits, while striking out four in 4 2/3 innings.

Schueller closed the door with 2 1/3 scoreless frames.

Game two of the doubleheader will follow shortly.

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