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Beltre: I have been playing horrible

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So, do you think Adrian Beltre has been awful defensively this season?

He agrees.

“I have been playing horrible,” Beltre, said. “I’m not trying to be bad. I’m not trying to let everybody down. I’m just not playing the way I should be playing.”

Beltre has five errors, matching Miguel Tejada of the Orioles and San Diego’s Chase Headley for the most by a third baseman. His flub in the fourth inning tonight cost John Lackey an unearned run. In a game the Sox lost 5-4 in 10 innings, that was huge.

It was a weird night for Beltre. He went 3 for 5 and is now hitting a team-best .338. But he made a few other mistakes.

Beltre lost track of the outs in the fifth inning and took off for third on a 3-2 pitch to Marco Scutaro. He was thrown out as Scutaro struck out.

Beltre was then called for interference by umpire Chad Fairchile in the seventh inning while breaking up a double play. The call was debatable, although replays showed that his left arm hooked Ty Wigginton.

“I still don’t know why he called it,” Beltre said. “I know what I was doing and I didn’t put my hands up. I saw the replay and I still don’t see why he called it. My hands hit him but they never went up. My arm never hooked him.”

The Sox went on to score a run in the inning on a walk and two singles. But it possibly could have been more.

“Big play,” Terry Francona said.

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Whether you want to pin it on Beltre, Daniel Bard’s lousy pitch to Tejada, the 11 men left on base or something else, the Sox lost to a team that was all but begging them to beta them.

Look at this way. The Sox are 2-2 against the Orioles this season. The Orioles are 3-16 against everybody else. That’s hard to take. And the two wins were one-run struggles.

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