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Cavs ruin Larkins' ABL homecoming
Six-run third lifts Canberra to 12-3 victory
01/06/2018 5:05 AM ET
Canberra infielder Gabriel Arias went 4-for-5 with three RBIs in game three against Melbourne (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA
Canberra infielder Gabriel Arias went 4-for-5 with three RBIs in game three against Melbourne (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA (Ryan Schembri)

Canberra did not roll out the welcome mat for Melbourne starter Matthew Larkins in his ABL return, battering the right-hander on its way to a big win on Saturday night.

Larkins did not make it out of the third inning as the Cavs (14-12) scored the opening seven runs of the game before running out 12-3 winners over the Aces (12-14) at Melbourne Ballpark.

Larkins gave up an RBI-single to 17-year-old Gabriel Arias in the second before working into huge trouble in the third inning.

Melbourne's single-season wins record holder surrendered three singles and a double and issued three walks - two with the bases loaded - as Canberra scored six runs for the inning.

Arias' second hit of the game - a two-run double - was enough to end Larkins' night.

He finished with seven runs to his name on eight hits and three walks, while striking out three in 2 1/3 innings.

The Aces pulled one run back on Brett Cumberland's sixth homer of the season and Christian Meister worked through two scoreless innings out of the bullpen.

But the Cavs put up three runs in the sixth and added two more an inning late, either side of a solo shot from Tyler Neslony.

Canberra starter Lake Bachar continued his impressive season, striking out six in six innings and allowing two runs on four hits.

Offensively, Arias went 4-for-5 with three RBIs as the Cavs recorded 15 hits to seven.

Canberra will chase a series victory - and three-game buffer over the fourth-placed Aces - in game four on Sunday.

Play starts at 1pm AEDT with all the action live on ABLtv.com powered by Bing Lee.

Tickets for game four at Melbourne Ballpark are available here! #OurGame

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