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Aces send Bite crashing to 0-5 start
11/23/2017 6:16 AM ET

Jared Cruz's three-run homer in the eighth has guided Melbourne to an 8-6 win over Adelaide on Thursday night.

In a see-sawing battle in Adelaide, Cruz's two-out shot was enough to lift the Aces to their second victory of the season and condemn the Bite to a fifth-straight defeat.

With a one-run lead Adelaide reliever Nick Hutchings walked Allan de San Miguel before Liam Bedford singled and Cruz landed the killer blow.

Delmon Young added an insurance run on a solo shot - his first in the ABL - in the top of the ninth after the Bite reduced the deficit to one in the eighth.

At the usually pitcher-friendly confines of Adelaide Shores it was the hitters who were on top for most of the night.

The teams combined for 26 hits and four home runs.

Adelaide scored first but had its lead cancelled out in the top of the second.

Darius Day put the Bite ahead again with a two-run homer to right-field in the bottom of the second but one more Melbourne hit back instantly.

The Aces scored three runs on four hits in the third to take a 4-3 lead.

From there the hits continued but the runs dried up, until Angus Roeger hit a long two-run homer over the scoreboard in right field to put Adelaide ahead 5-4.

Rookie manager Chris Adamson replaced starter Max Beatty with Hutchings to start the eighth.

Beatty worked seven innings, allowing four runs on nine hits and punching out seven.

Mark Hamburger lasted six innings for Melbourne, throwing an incredible 140 pitches.

He gave up five runs on 13 hits, striking out 10.        

The series continues on Friday night.

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.