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Cavs join Heat in tie for second place
Canberra prevail 4-3 in thriller out west
12/29/2017 9:05 AM ET
Canberra infielder Jay Baum drove in three runs against Perth (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA
Canberra infielder Jay Baum drove in three runs against Perth (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA 

Canberra has drawn level with Perth on 12 wins after taking down the Heat in game one of their Australian Baseball League series on Friday night.

The Cavs lost the lead twice before prevailing 4-3 at Perth Harley Davidson Ballpark, joining Perth in a tie for second spot behind Brisbane.

Canberra scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch by reliever Matt Kennelly.

Kennelly replaced starter Alex Boshers after Cam Warner and Kyle Perkins hit back-to-back singles with none out in the sixth.

A wild pitch to the first batter Kennelly faced - 17-year-old Gabriel Arias - enabled Warner to score and give the Cavs a third lead of the game.

Jay Baum finished with three hits and three RBIs and gave Canberra its first two leads.

Baum's RBI-double in the first opened the scoring and he helped the Cavs reclaim the lead with an RBI-single in the third.

Between Baum driving in runs, Heat import Garrett Whitley cleared the fence.

The Tampa Bay prospect went deep with a solo home run - his third of the season - to lead off the second.

Luke Hughes erased Perth's second deficit, scoring Tim Kennelly on a groundball in the third to make it 2-2.

Tim Kennelly went 4-for-5 with a run while Baum and David Kandilas enjoyed three-hit nights for the visitors.

Both starting pitchers enjoyed strong outings.

Boshers worked five innings, giving up three runs on five hits and striking out five.

Canberra right-hander Brian Grening fanned six and allowed two earned runs from five hits in six complete innings.

Michael Click closed out the game for the Cavs despite allowing a run on two hits and a walk.

Kennelly punched out six in three innings following the wild pitch to score Warner.

The series continues with a doubleheader on Saturday.

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