RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The Richmond Flying Squirrels beat the Binghamton Mets 9-4 in front of a sold-out crowd Wednesday night to extend their winning streak to four games.
Starting pitcher Craig Westcott ended a four game winless streak, and the Squirrels pounded out 11 hits in support to improve their record to 41-44 on the season.
Decked out in red, white and blue jerseys for July 4th, Richmond got on the board early with three runs in the first inning thanks to RBI doubles by Mark Minicozzi and Tommy Joseph.
Joseph added a 3-run home run in the fifth inning after the Mets cut the lead to 3-2. He finished with four RBI on the night.
Westcott pitched a total of 6 1/3 innings, surrendering 7 hits and 3 earned runs to improve his record to 7-6 on the year. Ari Ronick relieved Westcott in the seventh and pitched 2 2/3 innings of 3-hit ball.
Gary Brown and Ehire Adrianza picked up three hits apiece for the Squirrels including four doubles, a triple, and an Adrianza home run in the eighth inning.
The Squirrels now sit in a 3-way tie for 4th place with Erie and Altoona, three and a half games out of the final playoff spot with two months to go.
The second of a three game set with Binghamton is scheduled for a 7:05 pm start tomorrow night.