Bobby Dalbec did it again.
For a fifth consecutive game the Red Sox rookie homered, this time clearing the right field fence leading off the fifth inning against the Rays at Tropicana Field Thursday night.
The homer — which came on an 81 mph curveball from Tampa Bay lefty Josh Fleming — is Dalbec’s sixth in his first 10 games as a major leaguer. He becomes the first Red Sox rookie to accomplish the feat, with Sam Horn’s five homers in his first 10 in 1987 the only other instance of a Red Sox player coming close.
The only other American League hitter to approach Dalbec’s pace of hitting home runs is Aaron Judge of the Yankees, who has nine homers in 18 games.