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Cavalry hold off Bandits in game two
Canberra keeps top-two hopes alive with one-run win
01/26/2018 5:07 AM ET
Canberra infielder Jay Baum homered for the ninth time this season as the Cavs downed Brisbane (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA
Canberra infielder Jay Baum homered for the ninth time this season as the Cavs downed Brisbane (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA (Ben Southall)

Starter Frank Gailey worked six one-run innings as Canberra recorded its first win of the season over Brisbane on Friday night.

The Cavs rode Gailey's strong start and homers from David Kandilas and Jay Baum to a 5-4 victory at Narrabundah, maintaining their top-two chances in the process.

Canberra improved its record to 23-14, a game and a half back from second-ranked Perth, and snapped a six-game losing streak against the Bandits dating back to last January.

If the Cavs win both games of tomorrow's doubleheader with the Bandits, and the Heat drop both games to Melbourne, Canberra would then force its make-up contest with Brisbane to be played on Sunday.

A win in game five would lift the Cavs into second and a home semi-final series against Perth next weekend.

Canberra put itself into a position to leapfrog the Heat with a strong start by Gailey.

The left-hander struck out seven in six innings with the only run - and hit - he allowed coming on Donald Lutz's 15th home run of the season.

Kandilas scored the opening run of the game on an error and doubled the Cavs' lead with his 11th homer in the third.

Baum then made it 5-1 with a two-run homer in the fifth.

The Bandits cut Canberra's lead to one following Gailey's departure.

Brisbane scored three runs in the seventh, including one on an error by the Cavs.

Reliever Tayler Saucedo induced a big double play to get Canberra out of the eighth with its lead still in place.

Closer Michael Click worked a scoreless ninth to ensure the Cavs ended their losing run against the Bandits.

The series continues with a doubleheader from 4pm local time on Saturday.

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