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Sox offensive burst earns Aces split
Sydney score season-high 13 runs in big win
12/31/2017 2:14 AM ET
Michael Suchy hit his fourth home run of the season as Sydney earned a split with Melbourne (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA
Michael Suchy hit his fourth home run of the season as Sydney earned a split with Melbourne (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA 

Sydney finished 2017 with plenty of style, scoring a season-high 13 runs as they secured a series split with Melbourne on Sunday night.

The Blue Sox scored in six of the eight innings they were required to bat, pulling back within a game of the fourth-ranked Aces with a 13-6 victory at Blacktown International Sports Park.

Sydney racked up 18 hits, battering Melbourne's pitching with eight doubles and a home run.

Max Brennen drove in four runs and Chiang Chih-hsien and Michael Suchy three each in a powerful offensive display.

Suchy's first-inning double put the Sox on the board and the their lead was soon 2-0 following Trent D'Antonio's RBI-single in the second.

Suchy homered for the fourth time this season during the third after the Aces scored their first run, before Sydney chased Melbourne starter Virgil Vasquez from the game.

The Blue Sox scored five runs in the fourth, including two on a single by Brennen before Chiang added two more with a double.

A four-run fifth and Joshua Strong RBI-double an inning later blew the lead out to 11 runs.

The visitors hit back with four runs in the top of the ninth, including two on Jarryd Dale's third homer of the season.

Sydney starter Clayton Freimuth stifled the Aces' bats earlier, striking out seven in six strong innings.

Freimuth gave up two runs on seven hits ahead of Vaughn Harris tossing two scoreless innings out of the bullpen.

Melbourne's record fell to 11-12 and the Blue Sox improved to 10-13.

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