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Blue Sox keep top-four hopes alive
01/21/2018 2:10 AM ET

Sydney avoided a series sweep - and gave its top-four hopes a huge boost - by downing Canberra in a wild series finale at Blacktown International Sportspark on Sunday night.

The Blue Sox worked out of an early 4-0 hole to snap the Cavs' nine-game winning streak with a 15-12 victory, cutting the gap to fourth-placed Melbourne to three games.

Sydney starter Luke Wilkins made a nice recovery after giving up four first-inning runs and his offence fired, scoring runs in each of the first five frames.

Wilkins did it the hard way, not recording a strikeout despite facing 25 batters, but stemmed the flow of runs after Canberra raced to a 4-0 lead in the first.

He allowed just one further run, giving up seven hits and a couple of walks in five complete innings.

Wilkins worked with a lead from the third, when Connor MacDonald scored on a Max Brennen groundball to make it 6-5.

Lars Anderson drove in the tying run before MacDonald scored after earlier getting the Sox offence going with a two-run homer.

The former big leaguer finished with five RBIs after adding a two-run double in the fourth as Sydney extended its lead over the Cavs.

Canberra threatened late, cutting a couple of runs off the lead in the seventh and pulling to within a run in the eighth on Boss Moanaroa's three-run homer.

Catcher Mitchell Edwards' two-run double - his third hit of the night - sparked a four-run eighth for the Sox.

Sydney travels to Adelaide in the final round of the regular season for a four-game set starting Thursday night.

The Sox must win three more games than Melbourne does in its road series against Perth to make the playoffs.

Sydney holds the head-to-head tie-break over the Aces.

Canberra will close out the season at home to ABL leaders Brisbane.

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