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Bite put end to winless start
11/25/2017 5:45 AM ET

Adelaide has finally broken through for its first win of the season, taking down Melbourne 6-2 at Adelaide Shores on Saturday night.

It was not pretty, but it was what the Bite needed after losing their first six games of the season.

Utility Nathan Van Der Linden drove in the go-ahead run in the fourth and Adelaide did not look back as its confidence grew.

When Houston Astros import Rodrigo Ayarza hit a two-run homer in the seventh the Bite players finally had a smile on their faces.

The bullpen cracks that had haunted Adelaide so far this season did not appear as Matt Williams struck out three in two scoreless innings and Loek van Mil closed the door on the Aces for a memorable win.

Bite starter Chris Powell worked six innings, allowing one earned run on six hits while striking out four.

He struck trouble in the fourth as the Aces turned a one-run deficit into a 2-1 lead.

Delmon Young reached on an error to start the inning and Powell loaded the bases with one out before walking Tomoya Mori to score a run.

He then got a glove to a hard-hit ground ball by Liam Bedford but failed to recover quick enough to get an out as Brett Cumberland scored to leave Adelaide trailing.

Melbourne starter Kona Takahashi gave up five runs - including four unearned - on six hits in seven innings.

He punched out nine in a solid outing.

The Bite will aim to split the series in game four tomorrow.

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