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Kennelly, Saupold power Heat to comeback victory over Blue Sox
Matt Kennelly's bases-clearing double powered the Heat to the win
01/12/2018 9:32 AM ET
Warwick Saupold celebrates recording his first save of the season
Warwick Saupold celebrates recording his first save of the season (James Worsfold)

Matt Kennelly's bases-clearing double in the eighth inning has powered the Perth Heat to a 6-4 come-from-behind victory against the Sydney Blue Sox at Perth Harley-Davidson Ballpark on Friday.

With the win, the Heat take a commanding 2-0 series lead and hand the Blue Sox their sixth straight loss heading into Saturday's double-header.

Fresh from Friday night's walk-off win, the Heat got off to a fast start. Alex Hall's RBI double and Matt Dixon's RBI single putting the home team in control early on.

Dixon now has five RBIs on the season - a career high for the 23-year-old.

Some poor fielding by Perth (five errors) allowed Sydney back into the contest - who tied the game up in the third inning despite some solid pitching from Heat starter Kyle Simon.

The 198cm Californian was efficient on the mound - striking out 9 batters in six innings, only giving up two unearned runs.

With the performance, Simon lowered his season ERA to 5.58 - a world away from the 20.77 it was at the start of December.

Simon's opposite number, Blue Sox starter Craig Anderson also had a strong outing - giving up two runs in seven innings during the pitcher's duel.

The tense battle continued into the eighth inning before the Blue Sox got on top of Heat reliever Joe Van Meter to put up a couple of runs and take a 4-2 lead.

The Heat, who have become comeback specialists this season hit back instantly, putting up a four-run eighth inning to turn the game on its head.

With the bases loaded and the game on the line, 265-game veteran Matt Kennelly stepped up in the biggest way possible, crunching a double to clear the bases and hand the Heat the lead.

"Going into a five-game series, winning the first two is key," Kennelly said.

Hall's second RBI of the night - a Fielder's Choice gave Perth a two-run cushion as Manager Andy Kyle handed the game over to Major Leaguer Warwick Saupold.

Saupold, appearing in his home debut threw a scoreless ninth inning on 10 pitches to record the save - his first of the season.

"It's good to get back out there again in front of the fans, they've been great to us for a long time and we're trying to accomplish something special and bring a championship back to where it belongs," Saupold said.

The series resumes with Saturday's double-header before Sunday's Game Five.

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