Big fifth guides Bite back to .500

ADELAIDE used a big fifth inning to build a 2-0 series lead over Perth and return to .500 on the season last night.

The Bite fell behind early but batted around in the fifth and capitalised on a couple of Perth errors to take a handy lead they would never surrender in an 8-2 win.

LeDarious Clark’s two-run double off Heat starter Nick Veale tied the game at 2-all and Mitch Dening drove in the go-ahead run before Conor Lourey relieved the right-hander.

Adelaide moved ahead 6-2 after back-to-back fielding errors by Sam Kennelly.

Dening and import Josh Altmann drove in runs on doubles in the sixth to extend the lead to 8-2.

Earlier, Perth scored rare first inning runs on Nick Rupert’s two-run single off Bite starter Max MacNabb.

MacNabb steadied to last six innings, allowing two runs on eight hits while striking out three.

Veale slumped to his third loss of the season after allowing five runs (three earned) on eight hits.

The series concludes with a doubleheader today.

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