The York Revolution's magic number is at four and holding.
The Revs missed out on a chance to move closer to earning an Atlantic League playoff berth on Sunday when they dropped a 5-3 decision to the Lancaster Barnstormers at Clipper Magazine Stadium in front of an announced crowd of 5,562 fans.
That loss, combined with Sugar Land's 6-3 win against New Britain, trimmed the Revs' lead over the Skeeters in the second-half Freedom Division standings to three games. York is 37-26, while Sugar Land is 34-29. Both teams have seven games left in the regular season.
Any combination of four Revs wins or Skeeters losses over the next week will give York the second-half title.
In Sunday's loss to Lancaster, York jumped out to a 3-0 lead after 1 1/2 innings but couldn't hold on.
Telvin Nash hit his league-leading 39th homer for York. James Skelton doubled and drove in two runs for the Revs.
Robert Carson took the loss in relief, allowing two earned runs in two innings to drop to 5-1 on the season. York starter Daniel Minor allowed three earned runs over five innings.
York next begins a seven-game home stand to end the regular season, starting with four games vs. the Long Island Ducks, followed by three games vs. the Barnstormers. The home stand at PeoplesBank Park starts at 6:30 p.m. Monday vs. the Ducks.
York is now 9-7 vs. Lancaster this season and needs one more win to take the season series and the Community Cup against their cross-river rivals.
Reach Steve Heiser at firstname.lastname@example.org.