Connor Fitzsimons’ first home run tied the game.

His second one won it.

Fitzsimons’ two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning gave the Burlington Bees a 4-3 win over the Clinton LumberKings in the second game of Wednesday’s doubleheader at Community Field.

Clinton won the first game, 4-2.

Burlington salvaged the final game of the three-game series with the LumberKings, moving to within two games of Quad Cities in the Class A Midwest League’s Western Division.

Fitzsimons’ two-out home run came on a 2-1 pitch from Tyler Mitzel (1-3). As the ball sailed over the left-center field fence, Fitzsimons pumped his fist as the Bees poured onto the field.

The home run ended a night of frustration for the Bees, who had left nine baserunners in the first seven innings of the second game after leaving six in the first game.

Spencer Griffin started at second base in the eighth under Minor League Baseball’s extra-inning rule. Alexis Olmeda hit a fly ball to center for the first out, but Griffin couldn’t advance. Tim Millard struck out, leaving Fitzsimons as the last chance.

There was no doubt on the ball he hit.

Clinton took a 3-2 lead in the top of the inning.

Christopher Torres, who started the inning on second base, moved to third on Connor Scott’s grounder. Bees reliever Connor Higgins (2-2) got Will Banfield to swing at a pitch in the dirt, but the ball got past Olmeda, and Scott was able to score. Banfield walked and Jerar Encarnacion had walks sandwiched around a strikeout of Demetrius Sims, then Sean Reynolds fouled out to end the inning.

The Bees left plenty of opportunities on the bases. They had the bases loaded in the first inning and runners on third base in the second and third innings, but could only get one run in those innings.

Burlington tied the game at 2 in the fourth on Fitzsimons’ solo home run in the fourth. They would leave a runner on base, though, in the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh innings.

The Bees got solid pitching from starter Luis Alvarado, who struck out nine in five innings. Reliever Ben Morrison struck out five in two innings to keep the game tied.

The Bees had a 2-0 lead after three innings in the first game. D.C. Arendas scored on a wild pitch in the second inning, then Jordyn Adams scored on an error as part of Nonie Williams’ double in the third. But Clinton’s Sean Reynolds tied the game in the fourth with a long home run to right field.

Then the LumberKings took the lead in the fourth. Torres singled with one out, and then stole second. Harrison Wenson’s throw went into center field for one error, then Adams mishandled the ball, allowing Torres to come around to score.

J.D. Osborne’s single scored Reynolds in the sixth to close the scoring.

Humberto Mejia (3-0) was the winning pitcher, striking out 10 and allowing two hits in five innings. C.J. Carter got his second save by striking out four in two innings.

Jose Soriano (3-3) took the loss.

ON DECK: The Bees begin a four-game series with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers with a 6:30 p.m. game on Thursday.

NOTES: Arendas is hitting .351 in May. He has hits in 10 of his last 11 games. … Bees infielder Kevin Maitan had a four-game hitting streak snapped in the first game.