Ortiz belts Sox past Rangers

Jim Monaghan
Contributing writer

Note to the Texas Rangers: do NOT intentionally walk someone ahead of Big Papi. Ever.

David Ortiz
hit the first pitch he saw off Rangers reliever Michael Kirkman in the bottom of the ninth inning into the Texas bullpen to give the Red Sox a 6-3 win at Fenway Park.

The Rangers jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning on Jeff Baker's seventh home run of the season. Adrian Beltre added a solo shot off Lester in the top of the third before settling down.

The Red Sox got on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning on a 2-RBI double by Dustin Pedroia that plated Jacoby Ellsbury and Jose Iglesias. They tied the game in the bottom of the seventh on a Mike Napoli ground out.

Lester pitched six innings, charged with three runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out four.

Back in the lineup after missing five games, Ellsbury went 4-5 with two doubles and a pair of runs scored. Jonny Gomes also had four hits for Boston.

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