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The 1986 Mets, celebrating their 25th season , coasted to a 108-54 record behind Darryl Strawbery, Keith Hernandez, Gary Carter and Dwight Gooden. In the NLCS, the Mets took a 2-games-to-2 lead with a come-from-behind walk-off home run by Lenny Dykstra in Game 3. In Game 6, the Mets turned a 3-0 ninth-inning deficit into a 16-inning marathon victory to clinch the pennant. In the World Series against the Boston Red Sox, the Mets faced elimination leading into Game 6. The Red Sox scored two runs in the tenth inning and twice came within one strike of winning their first World Series since 1918. But the Mets rallied, with two outs and down two runs, banged out three consecutive singles. Mookie Wilson ran the count to 2-1, then fouled off 3 consecutive pitches. With the count 2-2,pitcher Bob Stanley threw one down in the dirt and through the legs of catcher Rich Gedman for a wild pitch. Pinch hitter Kevin Mitchell scored from third base, tying the game. Facing a full count, Wilson fouled off two more pitches before hitting a weak ground ball down the first base line, through the legs of Bill Buckner, and into the annals of baseball history as Ray Knight ran home all the way from second base to score the winning run. The Mets went on to win their second World Series title by taking Game 7, also in dramatic fashion, overcoming a 3 run deficit while scoring a total of 8 runs during the final 3 innings.
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