Fernando Rodney was warming in the bullpen of O.co Coliseum, preparing himself for what was expected to be another nail-biter of a save situation on Tuesday night.

But teammates decided to give him a night off.

The Mariners turned a 4-3 lead into an 8-3 win, scoring four runs in the top of the ninth and rolling to an easy win over the Oakland A’s. The victory put them over .500 at 16-15 for the first time since April 15. They’ve now won four in a row and nine of their last 11 games — their best stretch of success this season. That eight-game losing streak seems like a distant memory. With a .516 winning percentage, they moved into second place in the division just ahead of Texas’ 17-16 record and .515 winning percentage. It seemed impossible two weeks ago.

“When we were struggling, everyone was waiting for one guy to step up,” said designated hitter Corey Hart. “Through this stretch we’ve had plenty of guys chipping in and stepping up. Every night it seems like someone else is doing it for us out there. It’s definitely a group effort.”

That kind of described the ninth inning flurry against A’s would-be closer Jim Johnson.

It started with a leadoff walk from Brad Miller. Michael Saunders’ sacrifice bunt was so good that Johnson threw it away trying to go to first base, putting both runners in scoring position. Johnson came back to strike out James Jones and then intentionally walk Robinson Cano to load the bases for Hart.

Hart delivered, but not in the way he normally does. There was no towering home run or laser to the gap. No, it was a soft ground ball to shortstop. It might have been a double-play ball, but Cano made a nice takeout slide at second base and Hart mustered just enough speed in his oft-surgically repaired knees to beat out the relay throw to first, allowing Miller to score from third.

“That’s about as quick as I’m getting down the line,” Hart said. “I can’t do it all the time. But once in a while I can throw it out there.”

It was a big insurance run at the time. But Seattle kept on adding them.

Smoak looped a broken-bat single onto the grass in center just out of shortstop Jed Lowrie’s reach, scoring Saunders and pinch-runner Cole Gillespie.