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Aces secure series win over Bite
Catcher Allan de San Miguel homers twice
01/20/2018 11:55 PM ET
Melbourne catcher Allan de San Miguel homered twice against Adelaide (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA
Melbourne catcher Allan de San Miguel homered twice against Adelaide (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA 

Tyler Neslony's two-run single in the seventh lifted fourth-ranked Melbourne to a series victory over Adelaide on Sunday.

Neslony singled to centre field with the bases loaded and score tied as the Aces downed the Bite 7-5 at Melbourne Ballpark, improving their record to 15-21 with four games to play in the regular season.

Melbourne's win opened up a four-game buffer over fifth-placed Sydney ahead of the Sox clash with Canberra tonight.

Adelaide reliever Loek van Mil walked Ryan Dale and hit Darryl George with a pitch before Neslony drove in the go-ahead run for the Aces.

Earlier, Allan de San Miguel broke a 2-all tie with a lead-off home run in the second against Bite starter Ky Hampton.

He added another, his fifth of the season and 44th career homer, to extend the margin to three runs in the fourth.

It marked the sixth time the veteran catcher hit two homers in an ABL game, but the first time with the Aces.

Melbourne drew level in the bottom of the second after Adelaide raced to a 2-0 lead early against Aces' starter Jon Kennedy.

Darryl George walked and then stole second and third base before scoring on a double by Michael Crouse.

A Craig Maddox sacrifice fly scored Melbourne's second run of the inning to cancel out the Bite's lead.

Adelaide struck first with Rodrigo Ayarza (single) scoring on a Chen Kuan-jen groundball and Curtis Mead (single) on an error by right fielder Tyler Neslony.

But Kennedy steadied after the tough start, striking out six and allowing just one more hit.

The left-hander worked four innings before the Ace's bullpen took control of the game.

Hampton lasted just two innings for the Bite, allowing three runs on a two hits and a couple of walks, before being relieved by Steven Chambers.

Chambers tossed three innings, allowing one earned run and striking out four.

Melbourne travels to Perth in the final round of the regular season.

Adelaide will host fifth-placed Sydney at Adelaide Shores.

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