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Bandits' potent offence too hot for Sox
Travis Blackley strikes out eight in seven innings
01/05/2018 5:36 AM ET
Brisbane infielder Lin Chih-sheng opened the scoring with a first-inning home run (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA
Brisbane infielder Lin Chih-sheng opened the scoring with a first-inning home run (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA 

Brisbane's potent offence proved too much for Sydney as the Bandits established a 2-0 series lead at Blacktown International Sports Park on Friday night.

Lin Chih-sheng and T.J. Bennett both homered to lead Brisbane to an 8-5 victory, its 17th of the season.

With the Bandits' offence on top, starter Travis Blackley worked seven one-run innings to improve his record to 4-1 for the season.

Lin's first-inning homer - his fifth of the campaign - put Brisbane in the lead.

David Sutherland's RBI-double made it 2-0 in the second before the Bandits scored six-straight runs after Michael Suchy tripled and scored for the Blue Sox.

T.J. Bennett joined Perth's Luke Hughes and teammate Donald Lutz on a league-high eight home runs when he took Sydney starter Matthew Rae deep in the fourth.

The Sox rallied in the eighth, trailing 8-1, with Blackley gone from the game.  

Connor MacDonald doubled to score Jacob Younis and Max Brennen's two-run single cut the lead to four.

Sydney added another run in the ninth, off Brisbane closer Ryan Searle, but were unable to overturn the early damage done by the Bandits' offence.

Lutz, Bennett and Sutherland each had multi-hit nights.

Behind them, Blackley gave up one run on eight hits while striking out eight.

Rae was roughed up early for the Sox, giving up six runs on six hits in 4 1/3 innings, in his first start since December 2015.

Luke Wilkins gave up two runs in 3 2/3 innings out of the Sydney bullpen.

The series continues at 7.30pm local time on Saturday.

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