SEATTLE -- Before beginning the most important home series of the season, Seattle coach Lloyd McClendon had a brief message. The playoffs for the Mariners start now. "I told my guys, this is real simple This is really playoff baseball," McClendon said. "Averages, slumps, all those things are out the window. What you did against a guy last time really makes no difference. Its all about grinding your at-bats out, staying in your inner circle and believing in each other. If you do that you have a good chance to get it done." Clearly McClendons team paid attention and now Seattle is just a half-game behind in the AL wild-card chase after beating Oakland 4-2 on Friday night. Robinson Cano, Kendrys Morales and Logan Morrison all homered as Seattle took another chunk out of Oaklands wild-card lead that was double digits in early August. Seattle and Kansas City are tied behind the As, who have dropped 12 of their last 15. Cano hit his 13th homer in the first inning and Morrison added his eighth in the fifth inning, both off Jason Hammel (10-11). Morales hit a line drive out to right-centre field off Eric OFlaherty in the sixth. "We played a good game today, but we have to be ready for tomorrow," Cano said. Seattle starter James Paxton (6-2) pitched six innings despite control trouble. Paxton walked three batters in the third inning alone, but struck out eight and three times left runners stranded in scoring position. Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth for his 45th save despite giving up a pair of singles to open the inning. Rodney tied Kazuhiro Sasakis franchise record for saves in a season. Rodney didnt know about the record until being told postgame. "Its a lot of saves, 45, but 16 games left want to continue it rolling, pitch good and make good pitches," Rodney said. "Its a good series we have in here right now with Oakland and we see what happens tomorrow." Canos homer skimmed the top of the left-field wall and gave Seattle a 1-0 lead. Morrisons drive curled inside the right-field foul pole, breaking a 2-2 tie. Morrisons homer came at the same time fireworks erupted across the street at CenturyLink Field when the Seattle Sounders scored in their MLS match with Real Salt Lake. Seattle also got a bloop RBI double from Mike Zunino that Oakland left fielder Jonny Gomes appeared to lose in the lights. PITCHER AT THE PLATE Hammel was lifted after the fifth despite throwing just 78 pitches, partly because of issues with Oaklands batting order. The As lost their designated hitter in the bottom of the third inning when Geovany Soto left with back spasms. Derek Norris took over behind the plate but the As lost their DH in the move. Hammel batted in the top of the fourth and reached on a fielders choice after an errant throw allowed Nate Freiman to reach second. Freiman later scored on Sam Fulds bunt to pull Oakland even at 2-2. "Kind of unlucky the way it went tonight," Hammel said. "Both pitches that left he yard I would throw them again." SERIES CLINCHER Seattle clinched the season series against Oakland with its 10th win over the As. The Mariners have won consecutive season series over the As for the first time since taking three straight from 2001-03. TRAINERS ROOM Athletics: Oakland closer Sean Doolittle was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list after being out with a strained right intercostal muscle. Manager Bob Melvin said Doolittles return should settle the As bullpen. Mariners: OF Dustin Ackley was back in the lineup after missing four games with soreness in his foot and ankle. Manager Lloyd McClendon said Ackley should be able to make it through the final 17 games. UP NEXT Athletics: Sonny Gray (13-8) is 1-4 with a 5.32 ERA in seven starts since Aug. 6. He does love pitching in Seattle with a 3-0 record and 0.46 ERA in three starts at Safeco Field. Mariners: Felix Hernandez (14-5) makes what could be his final home start of the regular season. Hernandez has at least two more road starts and could pitch the final day of the regular season at home or be held for a potential wild-card game. Hernandez is 19-7 in his career against Oakland and 4-0 with a 2.15 ERA in five starts this year. Air Max Sale . -- Jacksonvilles offensive makeover is just getting starting. Fake Air Max . "Well over 50 (per cent)," coach Claude Noel said Tuesday after practice, where the Jets were looking at ways to cut down the scoring chances theyve been giving away. https://www.airmaxchina.us/ . And though his comeback night didnt quite go to script, Bryant couldnt help reflecting on the work necessary to get back on that court -- and all the months of steady labour ahead to reclaim his game. Bryant had nine points and eight rebounds in his season debut, but Amir Johnson scored a career-high 32 points in the trade-depleted Toronto Raptors 106-94 victory over Los Angeles on Sunday night. Discount Air Max . -- Hal Steinbrenner says Alex Rodriguez is "a great player" and "obviously an asset," but the New York Yankees managing general partner wouldnt discuss the third basemans possible return to the team following a season-long suspension. Wholesale Air Max . Mission accomplished. Now the Royals will take the field on Saturday with a World Series lead for the first time in team history when they play Game 4 of the Fall Classic against the Giants at AT&T Park.NEW YORK -- Brooklyns Jason Kidd has won Eastern Conference coach of the month honours for March, becoming just the second NBA coach to win twice in his rookie season. Kidd was honoured Tuesday after the Nets went 12-4 while playing all month without starting centre Kevin Garnett. He also won the award for January, joining Chicagos Tom Thibodeau as the only two-time winners iin their first season since the league began giving monthly coaching awards in 1982-83.dddddddddddd He has led the Nets from a 10-21 start to the brink of the playoffs entering their game against Houston on Tuesday. San Antonios Gregg Popovich won the West award after the Spurs went undefeated in March, ending the month with a franchise-record, 18-game winning streak. ' ' '