Rapid Reaction: Red Sox 6, Rangers 3

BOSTON -- This was a while in coming.

David Ortiz hit his first walk-off home run in almost four years, a line drive into the visitors' bullpen with two on to give the Red Sox a 6-3 win over the Texas Rangers on Thursday night.

The home run was the 11th walk-off home run of Ortiz's career, 10th with the Red Sox and first since he beat the White Sox on Aug. 26, 2009. It also was his 19th career walk-off hit, 16th as a member of the Sox.

Jonny Gomes started the winning rally with a double off Rangers lefty Michael Kirkman, the fourth hit of the game for Gomes, double his previous high with the Sox. Kirkman walked Dustin Pedroia intentionally, and Ortiz followed by cracking Kirkman's next pitch on a line, a low screamer that maintained a direct flight path into the bullpen.

The win came in the rubber match of this three-game set with the Rangers and was credited to closer Andrew Bailey, who pitched the ninth.

Jacoby Ellsbury, playing for the first time after missing five games with a groin strain, had two doubles and two singles. Gomes had three singles and a double.

Scoring chances: The Sox had runners on base in every inning. They had runners on first and second and no outs in the first and failed to score. Mike Napoli led off the second with a base hit but was cut down at second trying to stretch it into a double. Dustin Pedroia doubled home two runs in the third but was stranded there. The Sox had runners on first and second in the fourth with two out and did not score. They had runners on first and third with no outs in the fifth and did not score. They had runners on second and third with two out in the sixth and didn't score. The Sox loaded the bases in the seventh and scored once on Mike Napoli's fielder's choice, but left runners on first and third. They had a runner on first in the eighth with one out and did not score.

Lester, with limits: The Rangers had seven hits and three walks in six innings off Jon Lester, who was lucky to get through his start with a yield of just three runs. Jeff Baker hit a two-run home run onto Lansdowne Street in the second. Adrian Beltre hit one into the center-field seats for his 13th home run in the third.