October 23, 1986: Game Five of the World Series

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Date: October 23, 1986
Mets starter: Dwight Gooden
Mets: 2
Red Sox: 4
Winning pitcher: Bruce Hurst
Key player(s): Bruce Hurst, Dave Henderson
Key play: Henderson's and Rice's triples, Hurst's strikeout of Dykstra in 9th

The Mets and Red Sox faced each other in the fifth game of the World Series on a Thursday night in Boston. After victories by the visiting team in each of the first four Series games, the Mets hoped to keep the trend going. However, the Sox came away with a 4-2 win at Fenway Park for a three-games-to-two lead in the Series.

Boston starter Bruce Hurst pitched a scoreless top of the first inning. With two outs in the bottom half, Bill Buckner singled off the Mets’ Dwight Gooden. Jim Rice hit a single and Don Baylor was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Gooden retired Dwight Evans on a fly ball to left fielder Mookie Wilson to end the inning. Hurst then set down the Mets in order in the top of the second.

Dave Henderson tripled with one out in the bottom of the second inning. A sacrifice fly by Spike Owen scored Henderson with the first run of the game. Gooden got Wade Boggs on a ground ball to first baseman Keith Hernandez for the third out and Hurst shut down the Mets in the top of the third. Buckner reached on shortstop Rafael Santana’s error with one out in the bottom half. Rice drew a walk and Baylor went down on strikes. Evans singled to drive home Buckner with the Red Sox’ second run. Gooden then retired Rich Gedman on an inning-ending fly ball to center fielder Lenny Dykstra.

After a scoreless fourth, consecutive singles by Kevin Mitchell and Wilson began the top of the fifth. Santana’s sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third base. Hurst struck out Dykstra and got Tim Teufel to ground out to third baseman Boggs and end the inning. Rice hit a triple off Gooden to start the bottom half. Baylor singled to bring home Rice and advanced to third base on a single by Evans. Mets’ reliever Sid Fernandez struck out Gedman and yielded a double to Henderson that scored Baylor for a 4-0 Boston lead. Owen grounded out to second baseman Teufel. Fernandez then retired Boggs on a fly ball to Wilson for the third out.

Hurst and Fernandez each hurled scoreless sixth and seventh innings. In the top of the eighth, Teufel homered with one out for the Mets’ first run. Hernandez hit a single and Gary Carter grounded out to second baseman Marty Barrett. Darryl Strawberry fouled out to Boggs to end the inning. With two outs in the bottom half, Boggs got an infield single and moved to third base on a double by Barrett. Fernandez then retired Buckner on a foul pop-up to third baseman Ray Knight for the third out.

Hurst set down the first two batters in the top of the ninth inning. Wilson followed with a double to left field. Santana singled to score Mookie with the second New York run. Hurst then struck out Dykstra to end the game. The Mets were behind in the Series with the teams heading back to Shea Stadium.


  • The starting time for this Thursday night game televised by NBC was moved to 8:35PM Eastern so that the network could air The Cosby Show in its usual 8:00PM time slot.