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Cavs blast six homers in big win
Canberra join Melbourne and Perth on seven wins
12/07/2017 5:08 AM ET
Gabriel Arias hit his first ABL home run in Canberra's win over Melbourne (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA
Gabriel Arias hit his first ABL home run in Canberra's win over Melbourne (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA (Ben Southall)

Canberra blasted six home runs - five off former Major League pitcher Mark Hamburger - in an emphatic 17-2 victory over Melbourne on Thursday night.

Gabriel Arias homered twice while Jay Baum, Robbie Perkins, Kyle Perkins and Casey McElroy all cleared the fence at Narrabundah as the Cavs improved to 7-5 on the season.

While Canberra's offence mashed, starter Brian Grening worked eight solid innings.

Arias, a 17-year-old San Diego prospect, broke the game open with his first ABL home run in the fifth.

His two-run blast to straight centre field put the Cavs ahead 4-1 and sparked a procession of long balls.

Darryl George struck first, bringing Melbourne within two runs, before two-run bombs by Robbie Perkins and Kyle Perkins.

Arias then added his second of the ballgame as Canberra put up six runs in the sixth.

Casey McElroy added a three-run homer to launch a seven-run eighth in a dominant win.

Jay Baum - who homered in the fourth - went 4-for-5 and Arias had his first three-hit ABL game.

All nine Cavs' starters recorded a hit as the hosts racked up 20 for the night.

Grening completed eight innings, allowing two runs on eight hits and striking out five to record his first win of the season.

Hamburger gave up eight earned runs on nine hits in 5 2/3 innings for the Aces.

His five home runs allowed exceeded the four he gave up in 11 appearances last season.

Second baseman Jarryd Dale had a three-hit night for Melbourne.

The series continues at 7pm AEDT on Friday.          

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