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Heat make Aces wait for playoff spot
Garrett Whitley's three-run homer lifts Perth to wild win
01/26/2018 2:50 AM ET
Perth outfielder Garrett Whitley's eighth homer of the season broke a tie in the sixth (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA
Perth outfielder Garrett Whitley's eighth homer of the season broke a tie in the sixth (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA (James Worsfold)

Melbourne missed a chance to secure its Australian Baseball League playoff spot after falling to Perth 10-9 in a wild encounter on Friday afternoon.

Garrett Whitley's three-run homer in the bottom of the sixth lifted the Heat to victory in game two of their series at Perth Harley-Davidson Ballpark.

An inning earlier Detroit prospect Ulrich Bojarski's three-run blast gave Perth its first lead of the contest, before Tyler Neslony and Delmon Young went back-to-back to pull the Aces level.

But Whitley's eighth homer was enough for the Heat to prevail, despite Neslony and Young going deep in back-to-back at bats for the second time in the game during the eighth.

Warwick Saupold tossed a scoreless ninth for the hosts, taking just seven pitches to record three outs.

Perth's win left Melbourne needing a win in the final two games of the series, or a Sydney loss to Adelaide in its remaining three games.

The Heat, on the other hand, need just one win or a Canberra defeat to Brisbane to clinch hosting rights of a semi-final series against the Cavs next weekend.

Darryl George gave the Aces the perfect start in the first inning, hitting a lead-off home run against Heat starter Kyle Simon.

Perth replied in the bottom of the inning as infielder Luke Hughes mashed his 13th long ball of the season.

Melbourne then built a 4-1 lead in the second.

Allan de San Miguel started the inning with a homer before George (double) and Neslony (single) drove in runs.

Neslony went 5-for-5 with three RBIs for the Aces, while Alex Hall had three hits for the Heat.

The series concludes with a doubleheader on Saturday, starting at 4pm local time.

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