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Sox take care of business in game one
Sydney score six in fifth to edge Adelaide in game one
01/25/2018 6:15 AM ET
Connor MacDonald hit his 10th homer for Sydney to cap off a big fifth-inning (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA
Connor MacDonald hit his 10th homer for Sydney to cap off a big fifth-inning (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA (James Worsfold)

Sydney did what it needed to do on Thursday night, defeating Adelaide at Active Displays Stadium to keep its playoff hopes alive.

The Sox prevailed 9-7 over the bottom-placed Bite, using a six-run fifth to secure a much-needed game one victory.

Sydney's win means even if Melbourne defeats Perth later tonight in Perth, the battle for the fourth and final playoff spot will continue for another day.

The Sox need to win three more games than the Aces across the weekend to take the final spot in the playoffs.

Sydney got five solid innings out of Trevor Foss in his return to the starting rotation and Connor MacDonald and Jacob Younis powered the offence with three-RBI nights.

Adelaide held a 4-2 lead after three innings after starting the third with four-straight hits.

The Sox hit back in the fifth as Bite starter Greg Mosel started to battle before exiting the game.

Mosel failed to retire any of the first five hitters in the inning as Sydney piled on six runs.

MacDonald's three-run homer - his 10th of the season - was the big blow.

Adelaide cut a run off the lead on Angus Roeger's solo shot in the sixth and reduced the margin to one run in the seventh.

Stephen Lohr's two-run double with two out put pressure on the Sox.

Back-to-back doubles by Michael Suchy and Lars Anderson in the ninth helped Sydney add an insurance run.

Todd Van Steensel then worked a scoreless bottom of the ninth for the Sox.

The series continues at 7pm local time on Friday.

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