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 Bobby Dalbec
CHICAGO, IL – SEPTEMBER 10: Bobby Dalbec #29 of the Boston Red Sox hits a triple in the seventh inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on September 10, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images) /

Red Sox rookie Bobby Dalbec sets career-high in RBI

Bobby Dalbec‘s struggles to begin his rookie campaign nearly cost him his roster spot. The first baseman hit a woeful .219 with a .673 OPS in the first half of the season. His underwhelming production made the Red Sox so desperate to find a replacement at the trade deadline that they tried to convert Schwarber into a first baseman despite that he barely had any experience at the position.

Perhaps that was all the motivation Dalbec needed to remind the Red Sox of why he was a prized prospect. Dalbec had a scorching month of August, hitting .339 with a 1.205 OPS and seven home runs in 24 games that month.

The highlight of his miraculous turnaround came during a shellacking of the Twins on August 26. Dalbec put Boston on the board with a three-run homer in the second inning against Twins starter John Gant.

A pair of runners reached base to begin the sixth inning and a wild pitch moved them both into scoring position for Dalbec. A line drive to center fell in for a base hit to chase those runners home.

One inning later, Dalbec piled on with a two-run homer to give the Red Sox a 12-2 lead that would stand as the final score.

Dalbec had three multi-homer games this year but his seven RBI in this game against the Twins was a career-high.

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