Luis Severino pitched five-hit ball for six innings Sunday, Dustin Ackley homered to lift New York's late-waking offense and the Yankees moved closer to a playoff berth with a 6-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox.
Severino (5-3) induced three double plays in shutting down the White Sox in his 10th big leaguer start, helping the Yankees cut their magic number for clinching at least a wild card to three and move within one of the franchise's 10,000th regular-season victory.
The crowd of 38,690 on a crisp September afternoon pushed attendance at Yankee Stadium over 3 million for the 17th straight year ((3,036,446) with four home dates left. With New York going 3 for 19 with runners in scoring position, the Bronx ballpark was absent of much late-season buzz.
Justin Wilson gave up a homer to pinch-hitter Avisail Garcia the seventh. Dellin Betances worked the eighth and Bryan Mitchell finished as New York improved to a major league-best 65-2 when leading after six innings.
The White Sox finished their road schedule 36-45, three wins better than last season.