Lenny Dykstra entered the game in the seventh and struck out swinging, but he didn't miss in the ninth.
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LCS Game 3

Oct. 11, 1986 -- Mets 6, Astros 5: Mets manager Davey Johnson always thought Lenny Dykstra swung for the fences too much. He forgave him on this day.

With the series tied and Mike Scott looming in Game 4, the Mets trailed the Astros 5-4 in the bottom of the ninth. Dykstra's club desperately needed this game. Houston closer Dave Smith was pitching. Wally Backman reached on a controversial bunt in which he appeared to run out of the baseline. Facing Dykstra, Smith threw his trusty forkball. It didn't fork. Dykstra swung for the fences and then delivered one of the great postseason quotes: "The last time I hit a home run to win a game in the bottom of the ninth was playing Stratomatic against my brother."
-- David Schoenfield