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Crouse slam helps Aces snap skid
Crouse hits grand slam as Melbourne take game one
01/18/2018 5:37 AM ET
Michael Crouse celebrates hitting a grand slam as Melbourne downed Adelaide in game one of their series at Melbourne Ballpark (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA
Michael Crouse celebrates hitting a grand slam as Melbourne downed Adelaide in game one of their series at Melbourne Ballpark (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA 

Michael Crouse's fifth-inning grand slam helped Melbourne snap a seven-game losing streak and continue its push toward the Australian Baseball League playoffs on Thursday night.

Crouse's homer - his fourth in 14 games with the Aces - capped off a five-run inning as Melbourne downed Adelaide 7-6 at Melbourne Ballpark.

The Aces improved their record to 13-20, a game and a half clear of fifth-placed Sydney into the final fortnight of the regular season.

Tyler Neslony's RBI-single cut the lead to one before Bite starter Greg Mosel walked Delmon Young to load the bases.

Crouse punished the right-hander, going deep to left field with two out as Melbourne took a 6-3 lead.

Adelaide cut one run off the lead on Angus Roeger's RBI-single in the top of the sixth, before replacing Mosel with Nick Hutchings.

Mosel went five innings, giving up six earned runs on six hits and striking out two.

He gave up an early run on two second-inning wild pitches but looked solid as the Bite established a 3-1 lead.

Curtis Mead and Max Brown both hit their first ABL home runs and Texas Rangers' prospect Stephen Lohr also homered - for the fifth time this season and fourth time in his past three games - against former Adelaide pitcher Josh Tols.

Tols left the game when Roeger drove in the Bite's fourth run, finishing with four runs on eight hits against his name in 5 1/3 innings.

Neslony added another run to the Aces' lead with his sixth homer of the season to lead off the seventh.

Chen Kuan-jen's two-run homer with two out in the top of the ninth put the visitors within one but Adelaide was unable to complete the comeback as Lohr grounded out to finish the game.

The series continues at 7pm local time on Friday night with Melbourne ace Mark Hamburger set to duel with Ryo Koura.

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