Saturday August 14, 2010 | 07:04 AM

You have heard this before: an ineffective Beckett, an ineffective bullpen, a couple of key defensive lapses, Ellsbury is injured, and Wakefield left a pitch up ...

... and the Red Sox blow an 8-2 lead and lose 10-9 in extra innings.

Boston is still only four games behind reeling Tampa Bay in the Wild Card standings (and, yes, Boston should only be two games back, but for the wins-turned-to-losses the past two games ... By the way, Minnesota now has a better record than Boston, and the White Sox are only a half-game behind the Red Sox in the Wild card standings.

Jon Lester pitches tonight and the Red Sox could use the same Lester that dominated the Yankees the last time out.

Josh Reddick was 3-for-5 for Pawtucket. He's hitting .375 in his last 10 games. Maybe he gets the call to replace Ellsbury.

Portland lost 3-2 but starter Stephen Fife had one of his most effective outings in a month (5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER).

Oscar Tejeda was 2-for- for Salem and is hitting .315.

Jose Iglesias went back to DH for Lowell and went 0-for-4 (he's still hitting .344). The guess is that Iglesias gets one more game in the infield before re-joining the Sea Dogs when they return to Hadlock Field on Tuesday.



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