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Bandits surge past Sox in game one
Donald Lutz hits eighth home run of season
01/04/2018 5:55 AM ET
Donald Lutz homered for the eighth time this season in Brisbane's game one win over Sydney (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA
Donald Lutz homered for the eighth time this season in Brisbane's game one win over Sydney (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA (SCOTT DAVIS)

Brisbane rode a late offensive burst to a 7-2 win - its 16th of the season - over Sydney on Thursday night.

Logan Wade's bases-clearing triple in the sixth put the Bandits ahead and they did not look back on their way to a series-opening victory at Blacktown International Sports Park.

Brisbane scored the last six runs of the ballgame after the Blue Sox led 2-1 after five innings against Bandits' starter Ryan Bollinger.

Wade scored on a sacrifice fly by David Sutherland after driving in the go-ahead run and Donald Lutz's eighth home run of the season - a two-run bomb - extended the lead to four.

Andrew Campbell's RBI-single in eighth pushed the margin to five runs.

Sydney scored a run in each of the fourth and fifth to take a lead against Bollinger.

Chiang Chih-hsien's fourth-inning single tied the ballgame before Connor MacDonald went deep against his former team.

MacDonald's homer was the first Bollinger had allowed since November 16 against Canberra.

The left-hander worked six strong innings after missing Brisbane's round six series with Adelaide.

He punched out six and allowed two runs on seven hits while issuing one walk.

Relievers Zac Treece, Matt Timms and Rhys Niit then combined to throw three scoreless innings to close the game out.

Sox starter Chang-Sung Ko worked five innings, allowing three runs on six hits and fanning three hitters.

Game two of the series is at 7.30pm local time on Friday. You can catch it live on ABLtv.com powered by Bing Lee.

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