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Heat drop Aces in tense matchup
Garcia's solid relief outing proves vital
01/05/2019 7:25 AM ET
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(C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA 

Perth came from back from a two-run deficit to record a 4-2 win, giving themselves a chance to level the series tomorrow against Melbourne in Brut Australian Baseball League action.

Melbourne opened the scoring at the bottom of the third inning as D.J Burt scored thanks to an RBI single from former Heat legend Luke Hughes. Burt singled and advanced to third on a pair of defensive miscues, before Hughes did the rest.

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Jake Romanski's third double of the season scored Hughes, and the Aces jumped out to an early 2-0 lead.

Mere minutes later Perth responded in emphatic fashion, leveling the game at two runs apiece.

Robbie Glendinning, Carl Chester and Alex Hall all singled to load the bases before Jake Bowey grounded out to Luke Hughes allowing Glendinning to score. Chris House also grounded out with the bases loaded, tying up the ballgame.

The fifth inning proved decisive, as Perth scored the eventual game-winning runs.

Pirates prospect Robbie Glendinning drove in 2011 World Series winner Pete Kozma, while Tristan Gray scored in similar fashion, care of an Alex Hall RBI drive to left field.

Heat starter Conor Lourey kept his strong season going with another solid outing, but it was Robert Garcia who kept Perth in the ballgame. Garcia tossed five sparkling innings in relief, striking out six and only allowing two hits.

Melbourne starter Dushan Ruzic surrendered four earned runs in a uncharacteristically poor start, while DJ Burt and Luke Hughes finished with two hits apiece for the Aces.

Game four will begin tomorrow at 2pm at Melbourne Ballpark.

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