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Cavs hold off Bite in wild encounter
Canberra recovers after blowing nine-run lead
01/13/2018 6:40 AM ET
Buddy Reed crushed his seventh homer of the season in Canberra's win over Adelaide (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA
Buddy Reed crushed his seventh homer of the season in Canberra's win over Adelaide (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA (Ben Southall)

Canberra withstood a stunning Adelaide comeback to edge the Bite 15-14 in a wild contest at Narrabundah on Saturday night.

The Cavs raced to a 12-3 lead after four innings but were forced to fight hard for the win, their 18th of the season, after Adelaide drew level in the top of the eighth.

Jay Baum scored on a Kyle Perkins' sacrifice fly to break a 13-all tie in the bottom of the eighth and Robbie Perkins drove in Travis Witherspoon to add an insurance run.

Michael Click then closed out the game for Canberra, despite allowing a ninth-inning run.

The Cavs opened up a nine-run lead after four on homers by Buddy Reed, David Kandilas, Witherspoon and Cameron Warner.

A six-run fourth seemingly had the bottom-ranked Bite reeling.

But Adelaide showed plenty of character.

The Bite put up four runs in the sixth and four more in the seventh on home runs from Angus Roeger and Karl Hoschke.

Roeger then blasted his second homer, after Jordan McArdle singled to leadoff the eighth, to tie the ballgame.

But Adelaide closer Loek van Mil gave up a couple of runs in the bottom half of the inning to surrender a two-run lead.

Canberra will chase a series sweep in game four tomorrow, starting at 1pm local time.

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