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Heat end Bandits' perfect start
11/26/2017 4:11 AM ET

Perth put an end to Brisbane's perfect start to the season and avoided a series sweep with an 11-6 win at Perth Harley-Davidson Ballpark on Sunday.

The Heat chased Bandits' starter Justin Erasmus early, scoring eight runs in the opening two innings as they scored at a pace similar to what the visitors had in the first three games of the series.

Perth found itself chasing after Mitch Nilsson's third home run in as many games in the top of the first put Brisbane ahead 2-0.

The Heat wasted little time responding as Tim Kennelly, Garrett Whitley, Zacrey Law and Jake Turnbull drove in runs to make it 4-2.

Alex Hall then hit a two-run homer to cap a six-run inning for Perth.

Kennelly blasted a two-run shot in the second to reinstate a four-run Heat lead following the Bandits adding two runs in the second.

It was enough damage to end Erasmus' night, with the right-hander replaced by Rhys Niit to start the third.

Erasmus finished with eight runs against his name on as many hits.

Perth starter Tom Bailey went deeper.

Bailey worked six innings for the Heat, allowing five runs on seven hits and striking out eight.

Cameron Lamb closed out the game, allowing one run in two innings as Perth returned to .500 on the season.

Kennelly and Jake Fraley led the Heat's offence with three-hit games, with Fraley stealing three bases.

Perth (4-4) is on the road to Sydney from Friday night and Brisbane (6-1) travels to Melbourne in an ABL Championship Series rematch.

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