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Blue Sox avoid sweep in shootout
Connor MacDonald hits three homers in Sydney win
01/14/2018 4:16 AM ET
Sydney infielder Connor MacDonald hit three home runs in a wild win over Perth (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA
Sydney infielder Connor MacDonald hit three home runs in a wild win over Perth (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA (James Worsfold)

Sydney first baseman Connor MacDonald homered three times as the Blue Sox overpowered Perth 22-19 to snap an eight-game losing streak on Sunday.

It took ninth-inning home runs by Mitch Edwards and Chiang Chih-hsien to split the teams after the Heat tied the ballgame at 19-all in the eighth frame of a wild encounter at Perth Harley-Davidson Ballpark.

Luke Wilkins then tossed a scoreless bottom of the ninth as Sydney held on to close the gap to fourth-placed Melbourne to one game.

Earlier, MacDonald took Perth starter Adam Millson deep twice before adding a third home run off reliever Daniel Schmidt.

He finished 4-for-6 with five RBIs while Chiang drove in seven runs as the Sox avoided a five-game series sweep.

Sydney put up eight runs in the third inning as Zac Shepherd went back-to-back and the visitors batted around.

Shepherd's second hit of the inning, a double, extended the Sox lead to 10-1 ahead of Lars Anderson scoring on a double.

The Heat hit back with six runs in the bottom of the third, highlighted by Jesse Williams' grand slam off reliever Jeremy Gendlek.

But the see-sawing encounter kept going with Sydney adding seven more runs in the fourth as Chiang blasted a three-run homer and MacDonald went deep for the third time in the game.

Michael Hart and Tim Kennelly then hit back-to-back homers as part of a five-run fifth for Perth as they cut the lead to 18-13.

The Heat scored five runs in the seventh before pulling level on Jake Bowey's lead-off homer in the eighth.

Perth (22-10) travels to Brisbane in round nine for a top-of-the-table series starting Thursday night.

Sydney (11-21) returns home for a four-game series against Canberra from Friday night.

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