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Aces walk off on hit by pitch in extras
Melbourne hand Brisbane fourth-straight loss
12/03/2017 12:20 AM ET
Melbourne reliever Josh Tols struck out nine in five scoreless innings (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA
Melbourne reliever Josh Tols struck out nine in five scoreless innings (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA 

Melbourne has claimed a 3-2 walk-off win to clinch a series sweep of its ABL Championship Series rematch against Brisbane on Sunday afternoon.

The Aces took advantage of starting extra-innings with runners at first and second under tiebreak rules, loading them on a Delmon Young single and then scoring the winning run as Bandits' reliever Ryan Searle hit Allan de San Miguel with a pitch at Melbourne Ballpark.

Reliever Josh Tols set up the win by recording three vital outs in the top of the eighth as the visitors failed to score with runners starting on base.

Back-to-back doubles by Tomoya Mori and Liam Bedford in the second put Melbourne up 1-0 earlier in the game.

Brisbane hit back in the third as they looked to snap a three-game losing streak.

Aaron Whitefield (walk) and T.J. Bennett reached before Matt Marksberry replaced Aces' starter Jon Kennedy.

The former Atlanta Braves left-hander gave up sacrifice flies on his first two pitches as the Bandits took a 2-1 lead, before retiring Donald Lutz.

He was replaced by Tols in the fourth after Melbourne tied the ballgame on Liam Bedford's RBI with the bases loaded.

Earlier, Brisbane came close to opening the scoring in the second with Logan Wade out at home.

By that stage Matt Timms had come into the game with starter Tim Atherton facing just three batters.

Timms punched out four in 1 1/3 innings, allowing one run, while Sam Holland gave up one in two innings of relief for the Bandits.

For the Aces, Tols was the standout.

The left-hander finished with nine strikeouts in four scoreless innings.

Starter Jon Kennedy allowed one earned run on four hits in his first appearance of the season.

Melbourne (7-4) travels to Canberra in round four while Brisbane (6-4) returns home for the first time since round one to face Sydney.

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