Jarrett Parker smashed a home run to right field with two out in the ninth inning Wednesday night, giving the Richmond Flying Squirrels a 4-3 victory over Harrisburg before 7,248 at The Diamond.

Parker, a former Virginia Cavaliers standout from Fredericksburg, gave Richmond's playoff hopes a badly needed boost after the Squirrels lost a doubleheader to the Senators the previous day. By hitting his 16th home run, he equaled Javier Herrera and Roger Kieschnick -- who now plays for San Francisco -- for the Richmond franchise record for home runs in a season

Richmond (66-64) recovered from a difficult start, thanks to stellar bullpen work. Not only did Harrisburg score twice in the first inning, but the Squirrels' starting pitcher, Edwin Escobar, got only one out. The parent Giants limited him to 35 pitches, and Escobar had thrown 34 before his removal.

The third-place Squirrels trail the Western Division-leading Senators (69-61) by three games and Erie by 2 1/2. Two West teams will make the four-team playoffs.

The box score is here:

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International League:

The Norfolk Tides (69-63) are 2 1/2 games behind Pawtucket (71-60) in the race for the wild-card berth in the four-team playoffs.

The Tides begin their next-to-last home series of the regular season Thursday with a game against runaway league leader Durham (81-50), which clinched the South Division title Wednesday night.

They will play the Bulls again Friday at Harbor Park, then will play two games at Durham before heading to Gwinnett for two games and Charlotte for three. Norfolk then will close the year with three home games against the Bulls.