Wednesday July 21, 2010 | 09:05 PM

Casey Kelly turned his one of his finest performances with the Portland Sea Dogs Wednesday night, against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats in Manchester, N.H.

Kelly pitched six innings, allowing six hits, one walk and one run (a Travis Snider home run). Kelly struck out eight.

He threw 86 pitches, 61 for strikes. In the sixth, Kelly needed only seven pitches - all strikes.

Kelly's best moment came in the fifth. With two outs and two runners on, Kelly faced Snider again: Called strike (change-up); foul tip (fastball), ball (waste pitch), strike three, swinging (change-up).

In each of Kelly's last three outings, he has allowed two earned runs or less. His ERA is down to 4.85.

Blake Maxwell is in from the bullpen. After seven innings, Portland leads 4-1. Ryan Lavarnway has two more RBI .

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