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Giant effort propels Bite to 8-6 victory
Adelaide picks up seventh win of the season
01/06/2018 5:58 AM ET
Adelaide outfielder Chen Kuan-jen went 3-for-5 with two runs (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA
Adelaide outfielder Chen Kuan-jen went 3-for-5 with two runs (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA (Ryan Schembri)

It took a giant effort but bottom-side Adelaide held off red-hot Perth 8-6 to record its seventh win of the season on Saturday night.

Wearing Giants' jerseys in recognition of Adelaide's baseball past, the Bite (7-20) produced a season-high 15 hits and held off a fast-finishing Heat (17-9) at Adelaide Shores.

Adelaide built an 8-1 lead after Perth opened the scoring in the first inning.

The Bite took to Heat starter Daniel Schmidt, scoring five runs in the third.

Stephen Lohr (double) and Chen Kuan-jen (single) reached before Chang Tai-shan drove in the tying run.

Chen then scored on a wild pitch by Schmidt and Chang on a groundball by Jordan McArdle.

Nathan Van Der Linden capped off the inning with a two-run double.

Adelaide added two runs in the fourth on Angus Roeger's RBI-double and a sacrifice fly by McArdle and pushed the lead to seven runs on a Lohr double in the fifth.

But Schmidt's departure turned the game.

After taking 15 hits off the Perth starter, the Bite failed to trouble Heat reliever Jake Bowey in three scoreless innings.

At the same time Perth's red-hot offence got going.

Jake Fraley hit his equal league-leading ninth home run to lead off the sixth and the Heat added three runs.

An inning later they cut the lead to two runs.

Loek van Mil ensured Adelaide held on, recording a seven-out save.

Chris Powell picked up his second win of the season after allowing three runs on eight hits in 5 1/3 innings.

The Bite can secure a series split in game four on Sunday.

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