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Heat survive scare to down Blue Sox
Sydney's comeback from 9-0 down falls short
01/13/2018 10:00 AM ET
Matt Kennelly got Perth off to a great start with seven scoreless innings before its bullpen battled but picked up the win (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA
Matt Kennelly got Perth off to a great start with seven scoreless innings before its bullpen battled but picked up the win (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA (James Worsfold)

Perth survived a late scare to sweep its Saturday doubleheader against Sydney at Perth Harley-Davidson Ballpark on Saturday night.

Ryan Kift scored the go-ahead run on a force out with the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth to lift the Heat to a 10-9 win.

Perth had built a 9-0 lead through seven innings, but the exit of starter Matt Kennelly sparked a Sox comeback.

Sydney capitalised on errors and the Heat's bullpen inconsistency to put up nine runs in the eighth as they tied the ballgame.

Chiang Chih-hsien's eighth-inning single cleared the bases following a throwing error by Ulrich Bojarski, cutting the lead to 9-3.

Connor MacDonald added an RBI-single and then scored - along with Zac Shepherd - on an error by second baseman Matt Dixon as the Sox trimmed the deficit to three runs.

But they were not done yet, levelling the contest as the Heat used three different relievers to get three outs.

Cameron Lamb recorded the third out and then closed the game with a scoreless ninth to pick up the win.

Earlier, Kennelly threw seven scoreless innings in his first ABL start.

Kennelly struck out five batters as he worked recorded 21 outs on 100 pitches

The right-hander scattered five hits across seven frames, striking out and walking just one hitter in a dominant display.

He worked with an early lead after Garrett Whitley mashed a two-run homer in the first.

Bojarski also went deep and veteran Luke Hughes cleared loaded bass with a double in the fourth to make it 6-0.

The Heat's victory extended their winning streak over Sydney to 10 games.

Perth will chase a sweep of the five-game series tomorrow, starting at 2pm local time.

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