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A game-by-game recap of the 1986 World Series between the American League champion Boston Red Sox and the National League champion New York Mets.

Game 1: Game 1: Red Sox 1, Mets 0
At Shea Stadium, Saturday, Oct. 18, 1986
A ground ball between an infielder's legs proved to be the game's pivotal play for the first time in the series. A grounder between the legs of Mets' second baseman Tim Teufel allowed Jim Rice to score from second in the seventh, providing all the difference in a pitchers' duel between Boston's Bruce Hurst and New York's Ron Darling. Both pitchers struck out eight, but Darling picked up the loss despite not allowing an earned run.


Boston        ab r h rbi    NY Mets       ab r h rbi
Boggs 3b       4 0 0 0      Wilson lf      4 0 1 1
Barrett 2b     4 0 1 0       McDowell p    0 0 0 0
Buckner 1b     4 0 1 0      Dykstra cf     3 0 0 0
 Stapleton 1b  0 0 0 0      Hernandez 1b   3 0 0 0
Rice lf        2 1 1 0      Carter c       4 0 1 0    
Evans rf       3 0 0 0      Strawberry rf  2 0 0 0
Gedman c       4 0 0 0      Knight 3b      3 0 0 0  
Henderson cf   4 0 2 0      Teufel 2b      3 0 2 0  
Owen ss        2 0 0 0       Backman 2b    1 0 0 0
Hurst p        3 0 0 0      Santana ss     2 0 0 0
 Greenwell ph  1 0 0 0       Heep ph       1 0 0 0
Schiraldi p    0 0 0 0      Darling p      2 0 0 0
                             Mitchell lf   1 0 0 0

TOTALS        31 1 5 0      TOTALS        29 0 4 0

Boston 000 000 100 -- 1 5 0 NY Mets 000 000 000 -- 0 4 1 E-Tuefel. DP-Boston 1, New York 1. SB-Wilson (1), Strawberry (1). S-Santana. Time-2:59. Att.-55,076. BOSTON ip h r er bb k Hurst W, 1-0 8.0 4 0 0 4 8 Schiraldi S, 1 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 NY METS ip h r er bb k Darling L 0-1 7.0 3 1 0 3 8 McDowell 2.0 2 0 0 2 0 Umpires - Kibler (HP), Evans (1B), Wendelstedt (2B), Brinkman (3B), Montague (LF), Ford (RF).

Game 2: Red Sox 9, Mets 3
At Shea Stadium, Sunday, Oct. 19, 1986
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Game 2 was billed as a showdown between the two starting pitchers from the All-Star Game. It turned out to be a battle of relievers.

The Red Sox scored three runs off Doc Gooden in the top of the third as five straight runners reached base. The Mets answered back with two runs in the bottom of the inning off Roger Clemens, but a solo shot by Dave Henderson in the fourth and a two-run homer by Dwight Evans in the fifth staked the Red Sox to a 6-2 lead.

Manager Davey Johnson pulled Gooden, but the Red Sox hit the New York bullpen for three more runs. Clemens, still weakened after suffering from an allergic reaction to cigarette smoke on a flight during the ALCS, left after the sixth inning. Bob Stanley retired nine of the last 10 batters he faced to finish the game.

The Red Sox returned to Boston with a 2-0 series lead.


Boston        ab r h rbi    NY Mets       ab r h rbi
Boggs 3b       5 1 2 2      Dykstra cf     3 0 1 0
Barrett 2b     5 0 2 1      Backman 2b     3 1 2 1
Buckner 1b     5 0 2 1      Hernandez 1b   4 0 1 1
 Stapleton 1b  1 0 0 0      Carter c       4 0 1 1
Rice lf        6 2 3 0      Strawberry rf  4 0 0 0
Evans rf       4 2 2 2      Heep lf        2 0 0 0
Gedman c       5 0 1 0       Aguilera p    0 0 0 0
Henderson cf   5 2 3 2       Orosoco p     0 0 0 0
Owen ss        4 1 3 1       Mazzilli ph   1 0 0 0
 Romero ss     0 0 0 0       Fernandez p   0 0 0 0
Clemens p      1 1 0 0       Sisk p        0 0 0 0
 Crawford p    1 0 0 0      Johnson 3b     4 0 0 0
 Greenwell ph  1 0 0 0      Santana ss     4 1 2 0
                            Gooden p       2 1 1 0
                             Wilson lf     2 0 0 0

TOTALS        44 9 18 9     TOTALS        33 3 8 3

Boston 003 120 201 -- 9 18 0 NY Mets 002 010 000 -- 3 8 1 E-Hernandez. DP-Boston 0, New York 1. 2B-Boggs - 2. HR-Henderson (1), Evans (1). S-Dykstra, Clemens. Time-3:36. Att.-55,063. BOSTON ip h r er bb k Clemens 4.1 5 3 3 4 3 Crawford W, 1-0 1.2 1 0 0 0 2 Stanley S, 1 3.0 2 0 0 1 3 NY METS ip h r er bb k Gooden L 0-1 5.0 8 6 5 2 6 Aguilera 1.0 5 2 2 1 1 Orosco 2.0 2 0 0 0 3 Fernandez 0.1 3 1 1 0 1 Sisk 0.2 0 0 0 1 1 Umpires - Evans (HP), Wendelstedt (1B), Brinkman (2B), Montague (3B), Ford (LF), Kibler(RF).

Game 3: Mets 7, Red Sox 1
At Fenway Park, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 1986
Three pitches into the game, it was clear Game 3 wasn't the kind of homecoming the Fenway Faithful had in mind. Leadoff batter Lenny Dykstra drilled Oil Can Boyd's third pitch into the right field stands to stake the Mets to an early lead. Two singles later, Gary Carter drove home two runners with a doulbe off the left field wall. A blown run-down and a single scored another run and the Mets led 4-0 before the first Boston batter stepped up to the plate.

Carter singled home two more runs in the seventh as New York cruised to a lopsided 7-1 win. Bob Ojeda picked up the win.


NY Mets       ab r h rbi     Boston     ab r h rbi
Dykstra cf     5 2 4 1       Boggs 3b     3 0 1 0
Backman 2b     5 1 1 0       Barrett 2b   4 0 2 1
Hernandez 1b   4 1 2 0       Buckner 1b   4 0 0 0
Carter c       5 1 2 3       Rice lf      3 0 0 0
Strawberry rf  4 1 1 0       Baylor dh    4 0 1 0
Knight 3b      4 0 1 1       Evans rf     4 0 0 0
Heep dh        3 0 1 2       Gedman c     4 0 0 0
 Mitchell ph   0 0 0 0       Henderson cf 2 1 1 0
 Mazzilli ph   1 0 0 0       Owen ss      3 0 0 0
Wilson lf      4 0 0 0       Boyd p       0 0 0 0
Santana ss     4 1 1 0        Sambito p   0 0 0 0
Ojeda p        0 0 0 0        Stanley p   0 0 0 0
 McDowell p    0 0 0 0
TOTALS        39 7 13 7       TOTALS     31 1 5 1

NY Mets 400 000 210 -- 7 13 0 Boston 001 000 000 -- 1 5 0 DP-New York 1, Boston 1. 2B-Carter, Baylor, Knight. HR-Dykstra (1). Time-2:58. Att.-33,595. NY METS ip h r er bb k Ojeda W, 1-0 7.0 5 1 1 3 6 McDowell 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 BOSTON ip h r er bb k Boyd L, 0-1 7.0 9 6 6 1 3 Sambito 0.0 2 1 1 0 0 Stanley 2.0 2 0 0 0 1 Umpires - Wendelstedt (HP), Brinkman (1B), Montague (2B), Ford (3B), Kibler (LF), Evans (RF).

Game 4: Mets 6, Red Sox 2
At Fenway Park, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 1986
All-Star catcher Gary Carter picked up where he left off in Game 3, driving in three runs on three hits. Carter banged out two homers in the game, first breaking a scoreless tie in the fourth with a shot that landed in the netting behind the Green Monster and then putting the finishing touches on the Mets' 6-2 win in the eighth, clearing the left-field wall.

Ron Darling continued his domination of the Red Sox, allowing just four hits in seven shutout innings.


NY Mets       ab r h rbi     Boston      ab r h rbi
Dykstra cf     5 1 1 2       Boggs 3b      5 0 0 0
Backman 2b     4 1 2 0       Barrett 2b    4 0 2 0
Hernandez 1b   3 0 0 0       Buckner 1b    5 0 0 0
Carter c       4 2 3 3       Rice lf       4 1 1 0
Strawberry rf  4 1 2 0       Baylor dh     3 0 0 0
Knight 3b      4 0 2 1       Evans rf      3 1 1 1
Heep dh        4 0 0 0       Gedman c      4 0 3 0
Wilson lf      4 1 2 0       Henderson cf  3 0 0 1
Santana ss     4 0 0 0       Owen ss       1 0 0 0
Darling p      0 0 0 0        Greenwell ph 0 0 0 0
 McDowell p    0 0 0 0       Romero ss     0 0 0 0
 Orosco p      0 0 0 0       Nipper p      0 0 0 0
                              Crawford p   0 0 0 0
                              Stanley p    0 0 0 0
TOTALS        36 6 12 6       TOTALS      32 2 7 2

NY Mets 000 300 210 -- 6 12 0 Boston 000 000 020 -- 2 7 1 E-Gedman. DP-New York 0, Boston 2. 2B-Barrett, Gedman, Strawberry, Carter, Rice. HR-Carter-2 (2), Dykstra (2). SB-Backman (1), Wilson-2 (3). SF-Henderson. Time-3:22. Att.-33,920. NY METS ip h r er bb k Darling W, 1-1 7.0 4 0 0 6 4 McDowell 0.2 3 2 2 1 0 Orosco S, 1 1.1 0 0 0 0 1 BOSTON ip h r er bb k Nipper L, 0-1 6.0 7 3 3 1 2 Crawford 2.0 4 3 3 0 2 Stanley 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 Umpires - Brinkman (HP), Montague (1B), Ford (2B), Kibler (3B), Evans (LF), Wendelstedt (RF).

Game 5: Red Sox 4, Mets 2
At Fenway Park, Thursday, Oct. 23, 1986
Doc Gooden got the ball again for the Mets and again he couldn't survive the fifth inning. The Red Sox scored a run each in the second and third innings and added two more in the fifth to chase Gooden out of the game.

Sid Fernandez replaced Gooden, but the Mets' bats were once again stymied by Bruce Hurst. Tim Teufel ended Hurst's shutout bid with a homer in the eighth and Rafael Santana accounted for the Mets' other run with an RBI single in the ninth, but Hurst pitched nine strong innings to fend off the surging Mets, 4-2.


NY Mets       ab r h rbi     Boston      ab r h rbi
Dykstra cf     5 0 1 0       Boggs 3b      5 0 2 0
Tuefel 2b      4 1 2 1       Barrett 2b    4 0 2 0
Hernandez 1b   4 0 1 0       Buckner 1b    5 1 1 0
Carter c       4 0 0 0        Stapleton 1b 0 0 0 0
Strawberry rf  4 0 1 0       Rice lf       3 1 2 0
Knight 3b      4 0 1 0       Baylor dh     3 1 1 1
Mitchell dh    4 0 1 0       Evans rf      4 0 2 1
Wilson lf      4 1 2 0       Gedman c      4 0 0 0
Santana ss     2 0 1 1       Henderson cf  4 1 2 1
Gooden p       0 0 0 0       Owen ss       3 0 0 1
 Fernandez p   0 0 0 0       Hurst p       0 0 0 0
TOTALS        35 2 10 2       TOTALS      35 4 12 4

NY Mets 000 000 011 -- 2 10 1 Boston 011 020 00x -- 4 12 0 E-Santana. DP-New York 0, Boston 1. 2B-Tuefel, Henderson, Barrett, Wilson. 3B-Henderson, Rice. HR-Tuefel (1). S-Santana. SF-Owen. Time-3:09. Att.-34,010. NY METS ip h r er bb k Gooden L, 0-1 4.0 9 4 3 2 3 Fernandez 4.0 3 0 0 0 5 BOSTON ip h r er bb k Hurst W, 2-0 9.0 10 2 2 1 6 Umpires - Montague (HP), Ford (1B), Kibler (2B), Evans (3B), Wendelstedt (LF), Brinkman (RF).

Game 6: Mets 6, Red Sox 5
At Shea Stadium, Saturday, Oct. 25, 1986
Twenty-nine outs from the out that never came, things were going well for the Boston Red Sox. The Boston offense plated the first run of the game in the first, added another in the second and watched as Roger Clemens dominated the Mets. The Rocket struck out six batters in the first three innings and kept the Mets scoreless through four.

New York finally broke through in the fifth, as Ray Knight knocked an RBI single and later scored on a double play. But the tie wouldn't last long. In the seventh, Knight fields a Jim Rice grounder at third but muffed the throw, letting it sail high and off the glove of Keith Hernandez. Rice was safe at first; Marty Barrett advanced to third. Dwight Evans followed with a groundball and Barrett broke for home, giving the Sox a 3-2 advantage.

Boston manager John McNamara lifted Clemens, who had torn a blister and a fingernail on his pitching hand, for a pinch hitter after the seventh. Mike Greenwell struck out in his place with a runner on second and one out, but a pair of walks loaded the bases. In the Red Sox dugout, McNamara told the right-handed Don Baylor he would bat in Bill Buckner's place if the Mets called on lefty Jesse Orosco. Baylor grabbed a bat and took swings in the clubhouse. When he re-emerged, Orosco was on the hill and Buckner was on his way to the plate; McNamara had changed his mind. Buckner saw one pitch. He lofted it into center field for an easy out. Baylor, the designated hitter, took a seat next to Dave Stapleton, Boston's usual late-inning defensive replacement for the veteran Buckner, and the Red Sox took the field for the bottom of the eighth.

The Mets tied the game in the eighth off Calvin Schiraldi. Gary Carter lofts a fly ball to center to score Lee Mazzilli on a sacrifice, knotting the game at 3.

For half an inning, Dave Henderson might have been the biggest sports figure in Boston history. Henderson drove Aguilera's second pitch of the 10th inning deep into left field and over the fence at Shea Stadium, giving the Red Sox the lead and putting Boston just three outs from a World Series title. Four batters later, Wade Boggs scored on a Marty Barrett single, but it didn't seem to matter, it was Hendu's smile and Hendu's drive that had broken the curse. The Red Sox led 5-3.

Stapleton still sat on the bench.

Flyball outs by Wally Backman and Keith Hernandez put the Red Sox within an out of the elusive World Series championship.

It was an out they'd never see.

Gary Carter started the rally with a soft-liner for a single. Kevin Mitchell, who had to hurriedly re-dress after thinking the game was lost, followed with a single into center. Still on the mound, Calvin Schiraldi works Ray Knight to an 0-2 count, but Knight fought off a pitch on the inside corner of the plate to drive in Carter.

With the winning run on first, McNamara brought in Bob Stanley, who had saved a team-high 16 games in the regular season. Stanley worked Mookie Wilson down to his last strike. Seven pitches in, Stanley lost control. The Red Sox reliever fired a wild pitch past catcher Rich Gedman and Mitchell raced home to tie the score.

With the score now tied, Wilson continued to battle with Stanley, fouling back the eighth and ninth pitches. Finally on the 10th pitch of the at-bat, Wilson grounded weakly toward first base. The ball started rolling just a few feet into the infield, but it rolled between Buckner's legs and kept rolling into not just baseball lore but national metaphor. Ray Knight raced around third and touched home, his hands plastered to his helmet in disbelief -- the Mets lived to play another day.


Boston        ab r h rbi    NY Mets       ab r h rbi
Boggs 3b       5 2 3 0      Dykstra cf      4 0 0 0
Barrett 2b     4 1 3 2      Backman 2b      4 0 1 0
Buckner 1b     5 0 0 0      Hernandez 1b    4 0 1 0
Rice lf        5 0 0 0      Carter c        4 1 1 1
Evans rf       4 0 1 2      Strawberry rf   2 1 0 0
Gedman c       5 0 1 0       Aguilera p     0 0 0 0
Henderson cf   5 1 2 1       Mitchell ph    1 1 1 0
Owen ss        4 1 3 0      Knight 3b       4 2 2 2
Clemens p      3 0 0 0      Wilson lf       5 0 1 0
 Greenwell ph  1 0 0 0      Santana ss      1 0 0 0
 Schiraldi p   1 0 0 0       Heep ph        1 0 0 0
 Stanley p     0 0 0 0       Elster ss      1 0 0 0
                             Johnson ph-ss  1 0 0 0
                            Ojeda p         2 0 0 0
                             McDowell p     0 0 0 0
                             Orosco p       0 0 0 0
                             Mazzilli ph-rf 2 1 1 0

TOTALS        42 5 13 5     TOTALS         36 6 8 3

Boston      110 000 100 2 -- 5 13  3
NY Mets     000 020 010 3 -- 6  8  2
E-Buckner, Evans, Gedman, Knight, Elster.
DP-Boston 1, New York 1. 2B-Evans, Boggs. 
HR-Henderson  (2). SB-Strawberry-2 (3). S-Owen,
Dykstra,  Backman. SF-Carter.
Time-4:02. Att.-55,078.
BOSTON            ip   h r er bb k
Clemens           7.0   4 2 1  2  8
Schiraldi L, 0-1  2.2   4 4 3  2  1
Stanley           0.0   0 0 0  0  0
NY METS            ip   h r er bb k
Ojeda             6.0   8 2 2  2  3 
McDowell          1.2   2 1 0  3  1
Orosco            0.1   0 0 0  0  0
Aguilera W, 1-0   2.0   3 2 2  0  3
Umpires - Ford (HP), Kibler (1B), Evans (2B), 
Wendelstedt (3B), Brinkman (LF), Montague (RF).

Game 7: Mets 8, Red Sox 5
At Shea Stadium, Monday, Oct. 27, 1986
Rain fell all day Sunday in New York, forcing the deciding Game 7 to Monday night. McNamara used the extra day off to start Bruce Hurst, who was 2-0 in the World Series, on three days' rest. The Mets countered with Ron Darling, who had pitched a gem in defeat in Game 1 and won Game 4.

The Red Sox opened the scoring in the second as Rich Gedman and Dwight Evans hit back-to-back homers in a three-run inning. For five innings, it was all Hurst needed as he shut out the Mets.

Hurst tired in the sixth, loading the bases with one out. Keith Hernandez laced a two-run single and Gary Carter followed with another single to tie the game.

Ray Knight homered in the seventh off Calvin Schiraldi to give the Mets a 4-3 advantage. New York added two more runs in the inning to take a 6-3 lead they wouldn't relinquish.

In a postseason of comebacks, there were none left for the Boston Red Sox. The Sox added two runs in the eighth to pull within a run, but Jesse Orosco retired the final five Red Sox in order to clinch their second World Series title.

After strike three sailed past Marty Barrett, Orosco launched his glove into the stratosphere and was mobbed by teammates. In the 1986 playoffs, that might have been the only thing that could be counted on.


Boston        ab r h rbi    NY Mets       ab r h rbi
Boggs 3b       4 0 1 1      Wilson cf-lf    3 1 1 0
Barrett 2b     5 0 1 0      Tuefel 2b       2 0 0 0
Buckner 1b     4 1 2 0       Backman pr-2b  1 1 0 0
Rice lf        4 1 2 0      Hernandez 1b    4 0 1 3
Evans rf       4 1 2 3      Carter c        4 0 0 1
Gedman c       4 1 1 1      Strawberry rf   4 1 1 1
Henderson cf   2 1 0 0      Knight 3b       4 2 3 1
Owen ss        3 0 0 0      Mitchell lf     2 0 0 0
 Baylor ph     1 0 0 0       Dykstra ph-cf  2 1 1 0
 Nipper p      0 0 0 0      Santana ss      3 1 1 1
 Crawford p    0 0 0 0      Darling p       1 0 0 0
Hurst p        0 0 0 0       Fernandez p    0 0 0 0
 Armas ph      1 0 0 0       Mazzilli ph    1 1 1 0
 Schiraldi p   0 0 0 0       McDowell p     0 0 0 0
 Sambito p     0 0 0 0       Orosco p       1 0 1 1
 Stanley p     0 0 0 0
 Romero ss     1 0 0 0

TOTALS        33 5  9 5     TOTALS         32 8 10 8

Boston      030 000 020 -- 5  9  0
NY Mets     000 003 32x -- 8 10  0
2B-Evans. HR-Evans (2), Gedman (1), Knight (1),
Strawberry (1). S-Hurst-2, McDowell. 
SF-Hernandez. Time-3:11. Att.-55,032.
BOSTON            ip   h r er bb k
Hurst             6.0   4 3 3  1  3
Schiraldi L, 0-2  0.1   3 3 3  0  0
Sambito           0.1   0 0 0  2  0
Stanley           0.1   0 0 0  0  0
Nipper            0.1   3 2 2  1  0
Crawford          0.2   0 0 0  0  0
NY METS            ip   h r er bb k
Darling           3.2   6 3 3  1  0 
Fernandez         2.1   0 0 0  1  4
McDowell W, 1-0   1.0   3 2 2  0  1
Orosco            2.0   0 0 0  0  2
Umpires - Kibler (HP), Evans (1B),
Wendelstedt (2B), Brinkman (3B),
Montague (LF), Ford (RF).




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