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Cavs stay top of North-East Division
01/11/2019 3:35 AM ET

Craig Massey's go-ahead homer in the eighth lifted Canberra to a 2-0 series lead over Brisbane at OneHub Stadium powered by Optus on Friday night.

Massey broke a 1-1 deadlock and the Cavs scored an insurance run in the top of the ninth to record a 4-1 win - their sixth-straight - and stay top of the North-East Division for at least another night.

Bandits' reliever Matt Timms walked Cam Warner, who advanced to third on an error, before Massey blasted his first ABL homer to centre field.


Michael Fransoso's second RBI of the game - a sacrifice fly in the ninth - gave Canberra a handy buffer.

Closer Tomoya Mikami gave up a single to Riley Unroe but kept the three-run lead in place as the Cavs moved to 21 wins.

Earlier, Canberra's Fransoso tripled on a line drive, giving Kouki Aoyagi the prime opportunity to complete a run, and start the scoring for the visitors.

Scoring their only run in the third inning, Brisbane's Andrew Campbell set the stage for the home side, singling on a line drive and allowing Riley Unroe to take out the Bandits' sole run. 

Kyle Kinman enjoyed his best start for the Cavs, punching out six in 4 2/3 innings.

Bandits' starter Travis Blackley also put in an enormous performance, despite being on the wrong side of the result.

The former big leaguer tossing seven one-run innings, striking out four and allowing three hits and three walks.

Brisbane and Canberra's round nine series continues tomorrow with a double header starting from 2.30pm (local time) at OneHub Stadium powered by Optus.


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