NEW YORK — Luis Severino got Albert Pujols to reach for a slider with runners at the corners and ground into a double play that ended the first inning of his season debut, then punched the pocket of his glove to celebrate.

New York's ace was back on the mound, in time to make an impact in the postseason.

Severino pitched four dominant innings and reached 98.8 mph in an 8-0 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night that moved New York to the brink of clinching its 21st postseason appearance in 25 years.

"It was exciting. It was fun going out there and hearing the fans," Severino said.

But another bizarre injury struck the Yankees. After the game New York announced reliever Dellin Betances partially tore the Achilles tendon in his left foot when he hopped on the mound after striking out Brandon Drury, the second and final batter he faced in his season debut Sunday at Toronto.

"It's about as freak as it can be," manager Aaron Boone said.

Betances' season appears over after eight pitches. He and Severino spent much of the summer rehabbing together. A two-time All-Star, Severino got hurt while warming up before his first scheduled spring training appearance on March 5.

He began tentatively in game 152, opening with a 12-pitch walk to Brian Goodwin, but got sharper and allowed just a pair of singles.

"All his pitches were nice and crisp," the Angels' Luis Rengifo said.

Severino walked two and struck out four, throwing 47 of 67 pitches for strikes and leaving to an ovation from fans tracking his pitch count.

"Looked pretty good out there, pretty sharp," catcher Austin Romine said. "We need Sevy where we're going. He's pitched some big games for us, and we look forward to him pitching some more big games for us."

Severino had seven swings and misses on fastballs and two on sliders.

"My fastball command I think was great. I still need to work a little bit more in sliders to left-handers," he said.

Severino's return gives the Yankees a plethora of postseason rotation choices from a group that includes James Paxton (14-6), Masahiro Tanaka (10-8), Domingo Germán (18-4), CC Sabathia (5-8) and J.A. Happ (12-8).

Severino was 19-8 with a 3.39 ERA in 32 starts last year but struggled late in the season. The Yankees at first diagnosed Severino with shoulder inflammation, but when the 25-year-old right-hander failed to improve he was sent for an MRI on April 9 that revealed a strained latissimus dorsi muscle. He didn't throw off a mound again until a bullpen session on Aug. 9 and made three minor league injury rehabilitation appearances from Sept. 1-11.

He started in a groove.

"Another huge step back for him," Boone said.

STANDINGS

New York lowered its magic number to one over Cleveland to clinch the Yankees' 55th postseason appearance — 22 more than any other team. New York's magic number dropped to two over Tampa Bay to wrap up the Yankees' 19th AL East title, their first since 2012. And at 99-53, the Yankees are on the verge of their 21st 100-win season, their first in back-to-back years since 2002-04.

SCORING

Gleyber Torres hit his 38th homer , a three-run drive that capped a six-run fourth inning against José Suarez. One pitch earlier, Didi Gregorius doubled in two runs.

New York took a 2-0 lead in the second off Noé Ramirez (5-4) on Gio Urshela's RBI single and Cameron Maybin's run-scoring double .

Jonathan Loiasiga (2-1) followed Severino with two hitless innings as part of a six-hitter against the Angels, already assured of a losing record at 68-83.

YANKEES 8, ANGELS 0

Los Angeles AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

Goodwin cf 3 0 0 0 1 2 .270

Fletcher 3b-2b 4 0 2 0 0 0 .290

Calhoun rf 4 0 2 0 0 1 .233

Pujols dh 4 0 0 0 0 0 .249

Simmons ss 4 0 1 0 0 1 .261

Walsh 1b 3 0 0 0 1 2 .200

Rengifo 2b 2 0 0 0 0 2 .238

a-Thaiss ph-3b 2 0 1 0 0 1 .189

Hermosillo lf 1 0 0 0 2 1 .231

Bemboom c 4 0 0 0 0 3 .105

Totals 31 0 6 0 4 13

New York AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

LeMahieu 1b 4 1 2 1 1 0 .329

Judge rf 4 1 0 0 1 3 .269

Gregorius ss 5 1 1 2 0 1 .248

Torres 2b 4 2 2 3 0 1 .285

Voit dh 2 1 0 0 2 1 .278

Gardner cf 4 0 1 0 0 1 .249

Urshela 3b 3 1 2 1 1 0 .328

Maybin lf 3 1 2 1 1 1 .284

Romine c 4 0 0 0 0 1 .281

Totals 33 8 10 8 6 9

Los Angeles 000 000 000_0 6 0

New York 020 600 00x_8 10 0

a-singled for Rengifo in the 7th.

LOB_Los Angeles 9, New York 7. 2B_Maybin (17), Gregorius (13). HR_Torres (38), off Suarez. RBIs_Urshela (73), Maybin (29), LeMahieu (94), Gregorius 2 (58), Torres 3 (90).

Runners left in scoring position_Los Angeles 2 (Bemboom 2); New York 3 (Judge, Urshela). RISP_Los Angeles 0 for 7; New York 5 for 10.

Runners moved up_Romine. GIDP_Pujols, Romine.

DP_Los Angeles 1 (Rengifo, Walsh); New York 2 (Gregorius, Torres, LeMahieu; LeMahieu, Torres, LeMahieu).

Los Angeles IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA

Ramirez, L, 5-4 1 1 2 2 1 2 22 4.26

Suarez 2 2-3 7 6 6 2 3 59 7.42

Rodriguez 3 1 0 0 3 2 52 1.84

Cahill 1 1-3 1 0 0 0 2 15 6.22

New York IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA

Severino 4 2 0 0 2 4 67 0.00

Loaisiga, W, 2-1 2 0 0 0 1 3 33 4.23

Tarpley 1 1-3 3 0 0 0 4 35 7.71

Gearrin 2-3 0 0 0 0 0 2 5.23

Adams 1 1 0 0 1 2 24 7.20

Inherited runners-scored_Suarez 2-2, Cahill 1-0, Gearrin 2-0. HBP_Tarpley (Hermosillo). WP_Tarpley.

Umpires_Home, Bill Miller; First, Doug Eddings; Second, Chad Whitson; Third, Jansen Visconti.

T_3:03. A_41,026 (47,309).

Yankees second. Gleyber Torres singles to left field. Luke Voit walks. Gleyber Torres to second. Brett Gardner strikes out swinging. Gio Urshela singles to left field. Luke Voit to second. Gleyber Torres scores. Cameron Maybin doubles to deep left field. Gio Urshela to third. Luke Voit scores. Austin Romine strikes out swinging. DJ LeMahieu walks. Aaron Judge lines out to center field to Brian Goodwin.

2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 3 left on. Yankees 2, Angels 0.

Yankees fourth. Brett Gardner lines out to first base to Jared Walsh. Gio Urshela singles to left center field. Cameron Maybin singles to shallow infield. Gio Urshela to second. Austin Romine flies out to right field to Kole Calhoun. Gio Urshela to third. DJ LeMahieu singles to left field. Cameron Maybin to second. Gio Urshela scores. Aaron Judge walks. DJ LeMahieu to second. Cameron Maybin to third. Didi Gregorius doubles to deep right field. Aaron Judge to third. DJ LeMahieu scores. Cameron Maybin scores. Gleyber Torres homers to center field. Didi Gregorius scores. Aaron Judge scores. Luke Voit walks. Brett Gardner singles to center field. Luke Voit to second. Gio Urshela flies out to deep right field to Kole Calhoun.

6 runs, 6 hits, 0 errors, 2 left on. Yankees 8, Angels 0.