October 22, 1986: Game Four of the World Series
|Date: October 22, 1986|
|Mets starter: Ron Darling|
|Red Sox: 2|
|Winning pitcher: Ron Darling|
|Key player(s): Ron Darling, Gary Carter|
|Key play: Carter's and Dykstra's home runs|
The Mets faced the Red Sox in the fourth game of the World Series on a Wednesday night. A crowd of 33,920 packed into Boston’s Fenway Park was on hand. The Mets came out with a 6-2 win to tie the Series at two games apiece.
Ron Darling and the Sox’ Al Nipper each started the game with three scoreless innings pitched. Leading off the top of the fourth, Wally Backman singled to center field. Keith Hernandez grounded out to shortstop Spike Owen and an ensuing home run by Gary Carter gave the Mets a 2-0 lead. Darryl Strawberry doubled and scored the third New York run on a single by Ray Knight. Nipper got Danny Heep to fly out to right fielder Dwight Evans and retired Mookie Wilson on a fly ball to center fielder Dave Henderson to end the inning. Darling then set down the Red Sox in order in the bottom half.
Following a scoreless fifth inning, Carter doubled to begin the top of the sixth. Gary advanced to third base on Strawberry’s fly out to Evans. Knight hit a fly ball to left fielder Jim Rice on which Carter tried to score. Rice threw to catcher Rich Gedman for an out at home on Gary to complete an inning-ending double play. With two outs in the bottom half, Evans drew a walk. Gedman followed by hitting a ball off the left field wall that sent Evans to third. Trying to advance to second on the hit, Gedman was out via a throw by left fielder Wilson to second baseman Backman to end the inning.
Wilson singled off Boston reliever Steve Crawford with one out in the top of the seventh. Rafael Santana was called out on strikes and Wilson stole second base. Lenny Dykstra followed with a fly ball that deflected off Evans’ glove and dropped over the wall for a two-run homer. Backman grounded out to second baseman Marty Barrett to end the inning. The Red Sox had runners at first and second with two outs in the bottom half. Darling then retired Bill Buckner on a pop-up to shortstop Santana for the third out.
With one out in the top of the eighth inning, Carter hit his second homer of the game to extend the Mets’ lead to 6-0. Strawberry followed with a single to right field. On Crawford’s third strike to Knight, Strawberry was caught stealing via a throw by Gedman to Barrett for a double play that ended the inning. Rice doubled off Mets’ reliever Roger McDowell to begin the bottom half. Don Baylor lined out to Santana and a single by Evans brought home Rice. Evans advanced to third base on Gedman’s single and scored the second Boston run on a sacrifice fly by Henderson. Pinch-hitter Mike Greenwell drew a walk. Mets’ reliever Jesse Orosco then got Wade Boggs on a grounder to Santana for an inning-ending force play.
Red Sox’ reliever Bob Stanley pitched a scoreless top of the ninth. Barrett grounded out to Santana to open the bottom of the inning. Orosco retired Buckner on a ground ball to first baseman Hernandez. Jesse then struck out Rice to end the game. The Mets had a victory and the Series was knotted at two games each.