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Hamburger complete game lifts Aces
Melbourne starter tosses complete game gem
12/01/2017 4:59 AM ET
Starter Mark Hamburger pitched a complete game shutout in Melbourne's game one win over Brisbane (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA
Starter Mark Hamburger pitched a complete game shutout in Melbourne's game one win over Brisbane (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA 

Mark Hamburger tossed a complete game shutout and Melbourne used small ball in a game one victory over Brisbane on Friday night.

In a rematch of last season's ABL Championship Series, Hamburger silenced the Bandits' red-hot offence at Melbourne Ballpark to help the Aces move above .500.

The right-hander gave up three hits, striking out seven and allowing just one walk in nine innings.

Hamburger's gem helped Melbourne extend its shutout streak to 18 innings and in just an hour and 59 minutes.

His opposite number, Brisbane starter Ryan Bollinger, did little wrong despite falling to defeat.

The left-hander punched out 10, giving up two earned runs on six hits.

Both starters were well on top through four and a half innings before the Aces broke a scoreless tie.

Allan de San Miguel (single) and Tomoya Mori (walk) reached in the bottom of the fifth before T.J. Bennett's throwing error on a bunt by Liam Bedford.

Ryan Dale then scored Mori on a sacrifice bunt as Melbourne doubled its lead.

The Aces added an insurance run in the eighth.

Melbourne improved to 5-4 on the season while the Bandits dropped to 6-2

The series continues with a doubleheader tomorrow.

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