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Aces' late show seals series win
12/02/2017 10:11 PM ET

Melbourne catcher Tomoya Mori's first ABL home run came at the perfect time as the Aces took a 2-0 series lead over Brisbane on Sunday.

The hosts scored two late runs in game one of their doubleheader at Melbourne Ballpark after starter Kona Takahashi punched out 11 hitters.

Tyler Neslony's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth scored the go-ahead run after Darryl George and Delmon Young singled off Bandits' reliever Zac Treece.

With time running out in the seven-inning contest Mori put Melbourne on terms in the fifth with his first ABL home run.

Mori took Brisbane starter Travis Blackley deep to left field for his first ABL long ball.

Earlier, the Bandits left the bases loaded in back-to-back innings against Melbourne starter Kona Takahashi in the third and fourth.

After watching chance after chance slip away, Brisbane infielder Mitch Nilsson finally grabbed an opportunity with both hands.

Nilsson worked three balls before hitting his fourth home run of the season with a full count off Takahashi.

Takahashi ended up working 5 1/3 innings, striking out 11 and allowing five hits while walking four.

Left-hander Daniel McGrath replaced the Japanese 20-year-old, hitting Andrew Campbell with a pitch before inducing a double play to exit the sixth without any scoreboard damage.

Shunta Nakatsuka recorded the final three outs, picking up his first save.

Blackley finished with five strikeouts, allowing one run on three hits in five innings, for the Bandits.

Game three of the rain-shortened series will start soon.

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