Having lost both Henderson and Murphy by that time—Murphy with back spasms, Henderson with a strained wrist—the A's had only one base runner in three innings against Davis and Gossage. The Yankees added three more runs in the ninth, when Murphy's replacement, Rick Bosetti, turned the wrong way on Nettles' long fly, which landed on the warning track.
The Yankees' postgame celebration lacked its usual zest because Steinbrenner banned champagne from the clubhouse. "We haven't won anything yet," he declared. The team then repaired to an Oakland restaurant, whereupon Nettles and Jackson came to blows over seating arrangements and, doubtless, old feelings. Nettles got the biggest hit, something he'd been doing all week.