October 18, 1986: Game One of the World Series

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Date: October 18, 1986
Mets starter: Ron Darling
Mets: 0
Red Sox: 1
Winning pitcher: Bruce Hurst
Key player(s): Bruce Hurst
Key play: Teufel's error

The Mets and Red Sox played the first game of the World Series on a Saturday night at Shea Stadium. A crowd of 55,076 was on hand for the beginning of the 83rd Fall Classic. An unearned run produced a 1-0 win for Boston and a one-game Sox lead in the Series.

Through the first six innings, Ron Darling and the Red Sox’ Bruce Hurst both pitched scoreless ball. Each allowed three singles and recorded seven strikeouts. Jim Rice drew a walk to lead off the top of the seventh. Darling threw a wild pitch to move Rice to second base and retired Dwight Evans on a ground ball back to the mound. An ensuing grounder by Rich Gedman got past second baseman Tim Teufel for an error that scored Rice to put Boston ahead. Gedman advanced to second on a throw and Dave Henderson flied out to right fielder Darryl Strawberry. Darling issued an intentional walk to Spike Owen and struck out Hurst to end the inning. Hurst then held the Mets to a single by Teufel in the bottom half.

Mets’ reliever Roger McDowell set down the Red Sox in order in the top of the eighth inning. Hurst pitched a perfect bottom half on three outfield fly balls. Rice singled to open the top of the ninth. Evans drew a walk and Gedman hit a grounder on which McDowell threw to third baseman Ray Knight for a force out on Rice. Henderson followed with a single on which left fielder Kevin Mitchell threw to catcher Gary Carter to nail Evans at home. Owen was walked intentionally to load the bases. McDowell then got pinch-hitter Mike Greenwell on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Lenny Dykstra.

Boston reliever Calvin Schiraldi walked Strawberry to start the bottom of the ninth. Knight hit a force play grounder to first baseman Dave Stapleton. Wally Backman flied out to left fielder Rice. Schiraldi then struck out pinch-hitter Danny Heep to end the game. The Sox had a victory to put the Mets one game behind in the Series.