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Heat fall to Bandits behind four homers
01/18/2018 6:24 AM ET

The Perth Heat have fallen to the Brisbane Bandits 7-3 behind four home runs in their top-of-the-table clash at Holloway Field on Thursday night.

The Heat have now lost 11 straight in Brisbane, stretching back to 2015.

In a replay of the reborn ABL's inaugural game, solo home runs off back-to-back pitches put the Bandits on top in the first inning as they went after Heat starter Alex Boshers early.

Boshers, who gave up two home runs in his last outing against Sydney conceded three more runs in the second inning as the two-time reigning ABL Champions threatened to blow the game out.

Going into this fixture, the Heat and Bandits own the top two offensive units in the ABL and both teams took advantage of a low home run fence - Alex Hall's sixth long ball of the season putting the Heat on the board.

Hall went 3-3 with a walk on the night and is now hitting .267 after going hitless in his first 12 at-bats of the season.

"I'm seeing the ball well and just trying to stay relaxed in the batter's box," the 18-year-old said.

Some great defence from Luke Hughes kept the Heat in the contest but was helpless stopping T.J Bennett's 12th homer of the season extending Brisbane's lead to 6-2.

The Heat, keen to stay in touch with the ladder leaders and book a home semi-final hit back. Consecutive doubles to Hughes and Garrett Whitley trimming the Bandits' advantage to three runs.

The Bandits, who own the league's most efficient pitching staff dug deep to starve the Heat batters before sealing the game with an Andrew Campbell solo shot.

Ryan Searle collected the four-out save, his fourth of the season to wrap up Brisbane's 10th straight win.

During the game, Perth speedster Jake Fraley tied the ABL stolen base record - notching his 31st of the season.

The series resumes Friday where the Heat will look to get back on level terms and put a stop to their Brisbane struggles.

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