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Heat down Aces in Aussie Day thriller
Ulrich Bojarski and Garrett Whitley homered, while Warwick Saupold closed it down for the Heat's 25th win
01/26/2018 3:37 AM ET
Ulrich Bojarski is congratulated by teammates after his three-run home run on Friday
Ulrich Bojarski is congratulated by teammates after his three-run home run on Friday 

The Perth Heat have levelled their Australian Baseball League series with the Melbourne Aces after a 10-9 win on Australia Day.

With the win, the Heat now must wait on Canberra's result to see if they have booked a home semi-final ahead of tomorrow's season finale.

After cruising to a clinical 9-2 win on Thursday, the Aces, needing one more win to secure their playoff berth got on the board early with a leadoff home run.

Luke Hughes hit back with a first-inning solo home run of his own as the Heat tried to get back in the winner's circle.

Team Australia veteran Hughes now has 13 homers on the season - a team high.

On the mound, Kyle Simon looked shaky early on for the Heat, surrendering three more runs in the second inning, including a home run to former Perth catcher Allan de San Miguel.

Two comical errors allowed the Heat to pull a run back before Jake Fraley's RBI single brought the home side within a run.

Fraley now has a team-high 38 RBIs, to go along with 36 stolen bases and 47 runs scored in what has been an impressive season to date for the Tampa Bay prospect.

The Heat then found themselves level when Alex Hall's infield single plated Garrett Whitley in the third inning for the 18-year-old's 26th RBI of the season as the runs continued to flow.

On the pitching front, Simon struggled - giving up five runs (three earned) on nine hits, before being relieved by Scott Mitchinson in the fifth inning.

Mitchinson, facing a bases-loaded situation got his team out of the jam - recording three consecutive outs to swing the momentum of the game in his team's favour.

The very next inning Ulrich Bojarski smashed a three-run home run to give the Heat a 7-5 lead - their first of the series.

"I saw it and thought I had a pretty good chance, especially how these balls are flying," Bojarski said.

The Heat have now hit 48 home runs this season, more than double what they managed in the whole of last campaign (23).

The lead was short-lived, however, Consecutive solo shots off Perth reliever Joe Van Meter bringing Melbourne back on level terms.

Van Meter, appearing in his seventh game of the season earned the win after Whitley's eighth home run of the season, a three-run shot, put the Heat on top for good in the seventh inning.

Cameron Lamb gave up two home runs to make it a nervy end before it was left to Detroit Tigers pitcher Warwick Saupold to close the game out and secure the Heat's 25th win of the season.

The series wraps up tomorrow with a double-header from 4 pm to round out the home-and-away regular season.

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As always, you can follow all the action with the boys at Talking Baseball Australia.

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