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Heat strike late to secure game two win
Matt Kennelly drives in go-ahead run in the eighth
01/12/2018 7:39 AM ET
Alex Hall drove in two runs in Perth's game two win over Sydney (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA
Alex Hall drove in two runs in Perth's game two win over Sydney (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA (Ryan Schembri)

Sydney blew another chance to draw closer to the ABL top-four, falling to Perth at Perth Harley-Davidson Ballpark on Friday night.

Matt Kennelly's bases-clearing double in the eighth lifted the Heat to a 6-4 victory after the Blue Sox had taken the lead in the top half of the inning.

Sydney reliever Jeremy Gendlek loaded the bases before Kennelly struck to give Perth the lead.

Alex Hall then added an insurance run for Heat closer Warwick Saupold with his 19th RBI of the season.

Max Brennen put the Blue Sox up in the top of the eighth as Sydney looked to capitalise on Melbourne falling to Brisbane earlier in the night.

Trent D'Antonio's RBI-single handed Sydney's bullpen a two-run lead to work with.

But Gendlek was unable to complete the job as the Sox blew another lead late on in Perth.

Earlier, Hall and Matt Dixon delivered two-out RBIs in the second to help Perth to a 2-0 lead.

Errors by the Heat proved costly as the Sox erased a two-run deficit.

Chiang Chih-hsien reached with two out on a fielding error by Dixon ahead of back-to-back singles by Michael Suchy and Lars Anderson.

Anderson's single scored two runs as Luke Hughes and Jake Fraley committed errors on an untidy defensive play from the Heat.

Sydney starter Craig Anderson allowed two runs on four hits in seven solid innings

Perth starter Kyle Simon worked six innings, allowing two unearned runs on six hits and striking out nine.

The five-game series continues with a doubleheader from 4pm local time on Saturday.

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