That turned out to be huge, because it meant he could score to tie the game rather than just advance to third when pinch-hitter Danny Heep grounded into a double play Hernandez made a nice play on a Clemens bunt to get a force play that thwarted a Red Sox threat in the sixth.
The Mets then left runners at the corners in the home sixth when Clemens struck out Mets catcher Gary Carter with a nasty fastball on the outside corner and got Strawberry to ground out.
Over the last three weeks, Mark Simon has reminisced here about the 1986 postseason.
But Ojeda settled down, as he did in Game 6 of the NLCS, and that kept the Mets in the game. Strawberry walked, then stole second and Ray Knight’s single past Clemens into center field on a 2-2 breaking ball brought Strawberry home.
Wilson then had a great at-bat after falling behind 0-2.
Kevin Mitchell came up as a pinch-hitter representing the tying run.
He started to swing at an inside fastball checked it and fouled it off.
But Howard Johnson failed on his first bunt attempt, then struck out.