Top-5 games by Red Sox hitters during the 2021 season

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 05: J.D. Martinez #28 of the Boston Red Sox hits a three-run home run in the eighth inning of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park on April 5, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 05: J.D. Martinez #28 of the Boston Red Sox hits a three-run home run in the eighth inning of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park on April 5, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images) /
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Red Sox OF/INF Kyle Schwarber
BOSTON, MA – AUGUST 25: Kyle Schwarber #18 of the Boston Red Sox hits a game-tying two run home run during the ninth inning of a game against the Minnesota Twins on August 25, 2021 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images) /

Kyle Schwarber terrorizes the Mets in a Red Sox uniform

Kyle Schwarber fuels the nightmares of the New York Mets pitching staff. Schwarber had six multi-home run games this season, four of which were against the Mets, including a three-homer game.

Most of that damage was done as a division rival of the Mets when he was a member of the Washington Nationals. Schwarber only had one multi-homer game after he was acquired by the Red Sox at the trade deadline. Naturally, he saved it for when the Mets came to town in September.

Schwarber wasted no time in reminding the Mets of the terror he’s caused them, taking Taijuan Walker deep for a solo shot in the first inning. They would face each other again in the second inning with a similar result, only this time the deep fly to right field drove in three runs. Walker, who earned his first All-Star appearance this year, was shelled for six runs to match a season-high.

The Mets made a pitching change before Schwarber’s third plate appearance but it didn’t matter who they threw at him. Schwarber dropped a double down the third base line to lead off the bottom of the fourth inning. A Xander Bogaerts single put runners on the corners with nobody out. While the chance for a big inning slipped away when Rafael Devers grounded into a double play, it still allowed Schwarber to cross home plate for the third time in the game to put Boston ahead 9-1.

Mets reliever Trevor Williams wasn’t going to mess with the red-hot Schwarber when he led off in the sixth inning, walking him on four straight pitches. Schwarber ended up scoring anyway on a Verdugo groundout.

Brad Hand finally figured out a way to get Schwarber out in the eighth inning but it was a loud out, a deep fly ball to right-center field. The Red Sox had already piled up a dozen runs by that point and cruised to a victory.