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Heat level battle with Bandits
Jake Fraley breaks ABL stolen base record
01/19/2018 6:23 AM ET
Tim Kennelly hit a grand slam as Perth put up seven runs in the fourth (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA
Tim Kennelly hit a grand slam as Perth put up seven runs in the fourth (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA (SMP Images / ABL Media)

Jake Fraley broke the ABL single-season stolen base record and Tim Kennelly hit a grand slam as Perth levelled its top-of-the-table series with Brisbane on Friday night.

The Heat knocked out former big leaguer Travis Blackley in the fourth inning, riding a seven-run frame to a 15-5 victory at Holloway Field.

Fraley hit a lead-off single, stole his record-breaking 32nd base of the season and then scored as Perth took an early lead.

The Tampa Bay prospect broke Jon Berti's ABL record 31 stolen bases set with Canberra in 2014/15 with the swiped bag.

A seven-run third helped the Heat blow the lead out to eight runs.

Tim Kennelly hit a grand slam and Garrett Whitley added a two-run homer as Perth ended Blackley's night.

The left-hander allowed eight runs on six hits in 3 2/3 innings.

Heat starter Kyle Simon lasted six innings, giving up four earned runs on seven hits while striking out four.

The Bandits threatened to rally, cutting Perth's lead to 8-5 in the bottom of the sixth.

Mitch Nilsson's three-run bomb in the fourth followed by T.J. Bennett's 13th homer in the sixth put Brisbane within range.

But the Heat steadied.

Whitley scored on an Alex Hall sacrifice fly ahead of Luke Hughes putting Perth up 11-5 with his ABL all-time leading 43rd home run.

Jake Fraley homered in the ninth as the Heat batted around for a second time on the night and added four runs.

Even for the Bandits, a 10-run deficit was too much.

Perth's win ended an 11-game losing streak at Holloway Field.

The series concludes with a doubleheader tomorrow.

Game one of the doubleheader starts at 3.30pm local time.

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