sometimes - this may sound silly but it's true - things happen too fast, especially when you're talking about consecutive hits. if a pitcher starts missing the plate, if they get wild in and out of the zone, the first red flags go up; maybe he's tired, maybe he's done. two batters into that, you DO get somebody up.
on the other hand, when a guy starts getting hit, it's three or four before the manager thinks, "hey, problem," then smack smack smack smack before the guy you do get up in the pen is ready.
and sometimes, if a pitcher has a rep as "solid" - beckett has certainly earned the right to be given a longer rope - he may get left in longer than someone else, with occassionally adverse results.
not to particularly address francona's decision, just to say that when batters start teeing off early in the count, they can put up some numbers before the relief is ready.
adding to that can be variables such as who is able to pitch - it's relatively late in the year, some arms may be a little tired, and who that's able might be effective.
i didn't see the sequence (got caught up watching maddux carry a no-hitter around awhile in his dodger debut) but there are times when a pitcher can get lit up while still having good stuff.
sometimes you just have to give credit to the hitters.
i'm hoping somewhere in there beckett at least played a little chin music for somebody.
yankees in first.