Saturday July 21, 2012 | 06:29 AM

The Baltimore Orioles enjoyed a 10-2 romp over Cleveland Friday, highlighted by Ryan Flaherty's three-run home run. Flaherty, the Portland kid who has stuck on the major league roster, now has three homers in the bigs.

Pawtucket had the bats going. Ryan Kalish, who missed a few games with a minor injury, came back with a 3-for-6 night (2 doubles) ... Jose Iglesias was 2-for-6, Ryan Lavarnway 2-for-4, and Mauro Gomez had the big night, going 5-for-5.

Sea Dogs lefty Chris Hernandez was called up to Triple-A. He has been productive ever since the Red Sox drafted him in 2010. We ran a STORY on Hernandez last week.

With Hernandez going up, Will Latimer was sent back down to Portland and asked to start Friday. He did not make it out of the first inning, allowing seven of New Hampshire's eight runs in the frame.

Portland rallied. Jackie Bradley Jr.'s three-run homer in the eighth tied it. Dan Butler's RBI double in the 11th gave Portland the lead, and Peter Hissey's RBI single gave Portland a needed insurance run, in a 10-9 win.

Reliever Josh Fields (3.03 ERA) got the win with three hitless innings (1 BB, 3 K).


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