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Heat hold onto opener against Sox
12/01/2017 5:47 AM ET

Perth has moved back above .500, surviving a scare to record a 5-4 win over Sydney in game one of their series on Friday night.

The Heat allowed one run on two hits through eight innings before the Sox threatened in the bottom of the ninth, scoring three runs in a thrilling finish at Blacktown.

Perth jumped Blue Sox starter Trevor Foss in the first inning.

Jake Fraley and Tim Kennelly singled before Tampa Bay prospect Michael Brosseau doubled to open the scoring with none out.

Zacrey Law then drove in his tenth run of the season on a fielder's choice to extend the lead to 2-0.

The Heat scattered hits off Foss, recording nine of them in his six innings of work.

Kennelly's second hit of the night was a contentious home run, the 37th of his ABL career.

The third baseman's fence-clearing line drive to right field sparked a meeting between umpires, who signalled a fair ball.

That sparked Sydney manager Tony Harris, who was then ejected from the game.

With their manager gone from the bench the Blue Sox opened their account in the bottom of the fifth.

Rixon Wingrove doubled to drive in Michael Campbell (walk).

Luke Hughes homered in the eighth with a runner on.

It stood up tall as the Perth bullpen struggled to record the final three outs.

The series continues with a doubleheader tomorrow.

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