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June 17, 2013

Donward slide

ARLINGTON, Texas — Texas manager Ron Washington rarely addresses his team after games.

Yet after another disappointing performance, he thought the club needed to hear from him.

Chien-Ming Wang won for the first time in more than a year and the Toronto Blue Jays completed a four-game sweep of the Rangers with a 7-2 victory Sunday, handing Texas its sixth straight loss.

Washington didn’t divulge the message he delivered after Texas lost its sixth in a row for the first time since April 2010.

“We’re not the first team to lose six in a row and we probably won’t be the last,” Washington said. “We’re tough enough to make it through this challenge.”

The Rangers fell to 1-6 on a season-high, 11-game homestand. This is Texas’ first six-game slide at home since July 20-Aug. 3, 2005.

“I didn’t sense any frustration,” Texas outfielder David Murphy said. “We’re past that point. Things didn’t happen. With the amount of talent we have here, we’re very close to turning this thing around.”

Texas rookie Jurickson Profar started at third base for the first time in his career. All-Star Adrian Beltre had a scheduled day off in the field and was the designated hitter.

Before the game, Profar spent time on the field working with infield coach Dave Anderson.

Ian Kinsler batted third for the first time since May 22, 2011. He batted in that spot 60 times in 2010.

The changes didn’t make a much of a difference as the Rangers finished the series 2 for 24 with runners in scoring position. They’ve scored only eight runs during their losing streak.

Texas will complete its homestand with a four-game series starting Monday against the AL West-leading Oakland Athletics.

“They’re leading the division,” Washington said. “If we’re ever going to get back on track, this is the series to get back on track with.”

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