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Late surge seals Cavs game one win
Travis Witherspoon drives in go-ahead run in home debut
01/11/2018 5:09 AM ET
Jay Baum hit his sixth homer of the season in Canberra's win over Adelaide (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA
Jay Baum hit his sixth homer of the season in Canberra's win over Adelaide (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA (Ben Southall)

American import Travis Witherspoon became an instant fan favourite in Canberra, helping lift the Cavs to a 13-9 win over Adelaide in his home debut on Thursday night.

Witherspoon, who joined Canberra ahead of last weekend's series in Melbourne, went 2-for-5 and drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh, sparking a late scoring frenzy.

The outfielder's two-run single off Bite reliever Jackson Brebner-Russ broke a 5-all tie and helped the Cavs improve their record to 16-12.

Witherspoon scored the tying run an inning earlier singling and stealng second before scoring Canberra's fifth run of the night on a Cameron Warner single.

The Cavs had fallen behind on Angus Roeger's third home run - a two-run blast off Canberra starter Brian Grening - of the season in the top of the sixth.

Roeger's deep ball followed Buddy Reed and Casey McElroy hitting back-to-back home runs in the fifth as Canberra took a one-run lead.

It continued a see-sawing contest.

Adelaide reeled off three-straight doubles to take a 3-2 lead after the Cavs struck first with two first-inning runs.

But Witherspoon delivered the lead for good in his home debut.

Canberra piled on five eighth-inning runs on the back of his go-ahead shot after Brebner-Russ hit back-to-back hitters with the bases loaded and Tim Day issued a walk with runners everywhere on the basepaths.

Roeger and Bas Nooij hit late home runs for the Bite, while Jay Baum added a two-run bomb for the Cavs.

Adelaide's Rodrigo Ayarza picked up four hits - falling a home run short of the cycle - and David Kandilas went 3-for-5 for the hosts.

Grening worked seven innings, allowing five runs on eight hits and striking out five while picking up his fourth win.

Bite starter Greg Mosel allowed three earned runs on nine hits.

The series continues at 7pm on Friday with Frank Gailey set to start for Canberra against Ryo Koura.

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