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Red Sox Walk-Off on Papi’s Blast

RedSoxLogoBOSTON — David Ortiz hit a game-ending three-run homer, lifting the Boston Red Sox to a 6-3 victory over the Texas Rangers on Thursday night after trailing by three runs.

Jacoby Ellsbury scored the tying run on a fielder’s choice in the seventh inning of his first game after sitting out five straight because of a groin injury.

Jonny Gomes led off the ninth with a double to center off Michael Kirkman (0-2) and Dustin Pedroia was walked intentionally to set up a potential double play with Ortiz coming to the plate. Ortiz then drove the first pitch he saw from Kirkman for hit his 11th career walkoff homer into an empty Texas bullpen.

Ortiz watched his homer for a few moments before trotting his way toward home where he was met by a swarm of celebrating teammates.

Andrew Bailey (2-0) pitched a scoreless ninth for Boston, which took two of three from Texas.

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