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Recapping the Mets' 1986 World Series championship

The Mets’ World Series championship is one of baseball’s all-time classics. Relive the entire seven-game series — from a Game 1 pitching duel to Bill Buckner’s stunning Game 6 error to Ray Knight’s tie-breaking home run in Game 7 — with a game-by-game recap of how it all went down.

Game 1 (Oct. 18 at Shea Stadium): Red Sox 1, Mets 0

Ron Darling threw a gem for the Mets
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Ron Darling threw a gem for the Mets in the Series opener, allowing one run on three hits in seven innings, while striking out eight. Unfortunately, it wasn't good enough. Bruce Hurst and Calvin Schiraldi held the Mets to four hits. Jim Rice scored on a fielding error by second baseman Tim Teufel to provide the Red Sox with the only run they needed.

Game 2 (Oct. 19 at Shea Stadium): Red Sox 9, Mets 3

This one featured a pair of aces, as
Photo Credit: AP / Ray Stubblebine

This one featured a pair of aces, as 1985 NL Cy Young winner Dwight Gooden faced 1986 AL Cy Young winner and MVP Roger Clemens. However, neither starter could make it past the fifth inning -- Gooden allowed six runs (five earned) on eight hits in five innings, and Clemens gave up three runs on five hits in 4 1/3 innings. The Red Sox bullpen held strong, as Steve Crawford pitched 1 2/3 innings of one-hit ball, and Bob Stanley got the three-inning save, allowing just two hits. Wade Boggs, Dwight Evans and Dave Henderson each drove in two runs for the Red Sox, with Boggs sparking a three-run second inning to give Boston a lead it would not relinquish. Gary Carter, Keith Hernandez and Wally Backman drove in the Mets' three runs.

Game 3 (Oct. 21 at Fenway Park): Mets 7, Red Sox 1

The Mets, staring at a 2-0 deficit in
Photo Credit: AP / Ray Stubblebine

The Mets, staring at a 2-0 deficit in the Series, made sure it wouldn't become 3-0. Lenny Dykstra led off the game with a homer to right field, and the Mets took a 4-0 first-inning lead off Dennis "Oil Can'' Boyd. Bobby Ojeda pitched seven innings of one-run ball while striking out six, and Roger McDowell was perfect in the final two innings for the Mets.

Game 4 (Oct. 22 at Fenway Park): Mets 6, Red Sox 2

The Mets tied the Series thanks to the
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The Mets tied the Series thanks to the long ball. Gary Carter hit a pair of home runs and drove in three, and Dykstra hit a two-run home run that went off Evans' glove and into the rightfield stands. Ray Knight added an RBI single in the fourth inning for the Mets. Darling pitched seven innings and allowed four hits and six walks while striking out four. McDowell gave up two runs in the eighth, and Jesse Orosco went the final 1 1/3 innings for the save.

Game 5 (Oct. 23 at Fenway Park): Red Sox 4, Mets 2

Hurst again frustrated the Mets, pitching a complete
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Hurst again frustrated the Mets, pitching a complete game and striking out six as the Red Sox moved within one win of their first World Series championship since 1918. Gooden lasted only four innings for the Mets, allowing four runs (three earned), nine hits and two walks while striking out three. Spike Owen, Evans, Don Baylor and Dave Henderson drove in all four runs for the Red Sox. Teufel homered in the eighth inning and Rafael Santana had an RBI single in the ninth for the Mets, but the late rally was not enough.

Game 6 (Oct. 25 at Shea Stadium): Mets 6, Red Sox 5

This is the game that this World Series
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This is the game that this World Series is known for. With the score tied 3-3 after nine innings, Henderson hit a leadoff home run to leftfield and Marty Barrett drove in Boggs on an RBI single to give the Red Sox a 5-3 lead in the 10th inning. Then, the fun started. Carter got the Mets' two-out rally started with a single to center off Schiraldi, and pinch-hitter Kevin Mitchell's single moved Carter to second. Knight hit a line drive single to right-center to plate Carter and send Mitchell to third. With Mookie Wilson at bat, Stanley came on in relief and threw a wild pitch that allowed Mitchell to score and Knight to go to second. Then, with a full count, Wilson hit, as Vin Scully's iconic call goes, "a little roller along first -- behind the bag! It gets through [Bill] Buckner! Here comes Knight, and the Mets win it!"

Game 7 (Oct. 27 at Shea Stadium): Mets 8, Red Sox 5

After the dramatics of Game 6, there was
Photo Credit: AP / Richard Drew

After the dramatics of Game 6, there was still one more game to be played. The Red Sox jumped to a 3-0 lead in the second inning behind homers by Evans and Rich Gedman and an RBI single by Boggs. The Mets tied it in the bottom of the sixth on Hernandez's two-run single and a force at second on a ball hit by Carter. An inning later, Ray Knight hit the tiebreaking home run, which would help him earn World Series MVP honors. The Mets would add insurance runs in the seventh and eighth, and while the Sox scored two in the top of the eighth, Orosco was able to nail down the final two innings to get the save and secure the Mets' second World Series championship in franchise history.


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