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Blue Sox down Heat in wild game
Jess Willams' grand slam couldn't power the Heat to victory
01/14/2018 6:01 AM ET
Alex Hall hit one of 12 home runs in Sunday's wild game
Alex Hall hit one of 12 home runs in Sunday's wild game (James Worsfold)

Despite a Jess Williams grand slam, the Perth Heat have fallen to their first loss in six games after a 22-19 run-fest against the Sydney Blue Sox on Sunday.

With the result, the Blue Sox avoid the series sweep in a game dominated by 12 long balls.

Reeling from ten straight losses against the Heat stretching back to last season, Sydney scored two runs in the first inning to get on top of Heat starter Adam Millson.

Millson, making his first ABL start in 1848 days never looked comfortable, conceding 8 runs in 2.1 innings.

After finding themselves behind the eight-ball early on, Luke Hughes' RBI single put the Heat on the board.

Hughes now has 30 RBIs on the season - a career high for the former Major League infielder.

Milwaukee Brewers prospect Alex Hall's fifth home run of the season then brought the Heat to within a run before the Blue Sox took charge of the game.

An eight-run third inning silencing the home crowd and handing the away team a commanding 11-2 lead.

Having blown a nine-run lead on Saturday, the Heat knew anything was possible and rallied - RBIs to Robbie Glendinning and Ulrich Bojarski giving the home crowd faith.

With the bases loaded, up stepped rookie sensation Williams who launched a grand slam to bring the Heat right back into the contest.

The 18-year-old now has 32 RBIs on the season and leads the team in the absence of the injured Mike Brosseau.

"I was feeling pretty happy when I saw it go out," Williams said.

Sydney put up eight more runs before the Heat bounced back with 10 runs of their own in another busy day for the scorers. 

Home runs to Mike Hart and Tim Kennelly kicked the home crowd into life before RBIs to Glendinning, Hall, Williams and Fraley (3) had the Heat within a run.

After a disagreement with the umpires veteran Hughes was ejected whilst Kennelly, a West Australian Firefighter had to leave the game to deal with the Perth bushfires. 

Hughes' replacement Jake Bowey filled in nicely - launching his first career home run to tie the game up before Sydney reclaimed the lead on a solo shot off Alex Boshers.

"It was finally good to get one on there and give us the chance to win," Bowey said.

Boshers, who started Game One gave up three runs in the top of the ninth to be tagged with his fourth loss of the season.

The Heat now travels to Brisbane to take on the top of the table Bandits in a mouthwatering four-game series.

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