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Bite avoid elimination against Aces
Adelaide starter Ryo Koura strikes out eight to pick up win
01/19/2018 5:37 AM ET
Adelaide infielder Stephen Lohr went 2-for-5 with two RBIs in the Bite's win over Melbourne (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA
Adelaide infielder Stephen Lohr went 2-for-5 with two RBIs in the Bite's win over Melbourne (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA 

Adelaide staved off elimination from the Australian Baseball League playoff race - at least for another night - with an 8-1 win over Melbourne on Friday night.

The Bite jumped out to an early lead and blew the game wide open on Chen Kuan-jen's ninth-inning grand slam to down the Aces at Melbourne Ballpark.

Adelaide starter Ryo Koura worked 5 2/3 innings, giving up one run on six hits while striking out eight.

Koura worked with a lead after the Bite build a 3-0 first-inning lead as Aces' starter Matthew Larkins made a rocky start.

Rodrigo Ayarza (single), Max Brown (reached on error) and Chen (single) loaded the bases against Larkins with none out.

Stephen Lohr - who went 3-for-5 with a homer in game one of the series - then drove in two runs for Adelaide on a single to centre field.

Chen then extended the Bite's lead to 3-0, scoring on a groundball by Angus Roeger.

Adelaide's offence was then shut down until the ninth.

Larkins, in his third appearance of the season, allowed just four hits in his next six innings of work as he kept the Bite off the scoreboard.

He was helped by an inning-ending out at home in the top of the seventh following a strong throw from right fielder Tyler Neslony.

Larkins ended up allowing three runs on eight hits while striking out seven in seven innings on the mound.

Adelaide reliever Matt Williams struck out four in 2 1/3 scoreless innings and Chen's grand slam - his fifth homer of the season - gave the Bite a handy buffer heading to the bottom of the ninth.

Loek van Mil tossed a scoreless ninth as Adelaide picked up its eighth win of the season and remained in contention for the fourth playoff berth.

Game three of the series is tomorrow at 6.30pm local time.

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