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Aces end Bite's 2018 playoff hopes
Melbourne rides long ball to game three victory
01/20/2018 4:56 AM ET
Melbourne outfielder Tyler Neslony blasted his seventh homer of the season in the Aces' win over Adelaide (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA
Melbourne outfielder Tyler Neslony blasted his seventh homer of the season in the Aces' win over Adelaide (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA (SCOTT DAVIS)

Melbourne used the long ball to eliminate Adelaide from the ABL playoff race and boost its own top-four hopes on Saturday night.

The Aces improved their record to 14-21 following a 4-3 victory at Melbourne Ballpark to set up a shot at a crucial series win on Sunday.

Tyler Neslony, Ryan Dale and Michael Crouse all homered off Bite starter Chris Powell as Melbourne tallied all its runs on long balls.

Neslony's seventh homer of the season gave the Aces a 1-0 lead before Dale's second of the campaign - a two-run shot in the second - got Melbourne back on top after Adelaide briefly took the lead.

Crouse then went deep for the fifth time in 16 games with the Aces, providing a valuable insurance run.

The insurance run came into play when the Bite scored in the fourth on Jordan McArdle's sacrifice fly, making it a one-run ballgame.

Earlier, Adelaide took a 2-1 lead against Melbourne starter Mark Hamburger following Bas Nooij's two-run double in the second.

Hamburger worked six innings, allowing three runs on five hits and striking out six.

The Aces' bullpen then worked three scoreless innings to preserve a one-run buffer, with Scott Schuman striking out the side in the ninth.

Bite starter Chris Powell completed seven innings, allowing four runs on four hits and punching out six.

Adelaide led the hit count 6-4.

The four-game set concludes tomorrow with Melbourne chasing a series win.

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