The Associated Press
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.”
The last-place Blue Jays extended their winning streak to five games.
In his second start with the Blue Jays, Wang (1-0) allowed seven hits in seven shutout innings to win for the first time since last June 12 with Washington. Toronto signed Wang last Tuesday to bolster a rotation with three starters on the disabled list.
The 33-year-old Wang twice won 19 games for the New York Yankees before injuries derailed his career. He hurt his right foot in 2008 and injured his right shoulder in 2009.
Marlins 7, Cardinals 2: MIAMI — Ricky Nolasco allowed one run and three hits in seven innings Sunday to help the Miami Marlins take the rubber game of their three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals, 7-2.
NL Central leader St. Louis lost a series for the first time since April 26-28 against Pittsburgh.
The Marlins climbed above .300 at 21-47, still baseball’s worst record. They scored 19 runs in the series against a team with the lowest ERA in the majors.
The abundance of offense was a refreshing change for Nolasco (4-7), who has endured the worst run support of any pitcher with at least 14 starts. Luxuriating in a lead, he retired 11 in a row during one stretch.
Juan Pierre drove in two runs and had two hits to extend his hitting streak to 12 games, while Justin Ruggiano and Placido Polanco each had a two-RBI hit. The Marlins have won eight of the past 14 games, their best stretch this season.
Tyler Lyons (2-3), making his fifth major-league start, lost for the third time in a row after winning his first two decisions. He gave up six runs in 5 1-3 innings.
The Cardinals managed only five hits, all singles, with NL batting leader Yadier Molina and Matt Holliday out of the lineup. Both were given a day to rest but pinch-hit in the ninth, and Holliday was called out on strikes against Steve Cishek with the bases loaded to end the game.
Cishek earned his ninth save in 11 chances.
Carlos Beltran went 0 for 4 to end the longest active hitting streak in the majors at 14 games. Matt Carpenter was also hitless and finished 7 for 38 (.184) on the Cardinals’ nine-game trip.
Jon Jay and Matt Adams drove in St. Louis’ runs. Right fielder Giancarlo Stanton made a leaping catch at the fence to rob Adams of an RBI and an extra-base hit in the seventh.
The Marlins scored twice in the first. Pierre led off with a single and took third on a double by Stanton. Ruggiano followed with a two-run single.
A bout of wildness against the bottom of the order cost Lyons in the fourth inning. He hit Jeff Mathis, who was batting .128, and then Nolasco walked for the first time this year to load the bases. Pierre followed with a two-out, two-run single for a 4-1 Miami lead.
Pierre increased his RBI total to eight in 222 at-bats this year.
Polanco had three hits starting for the first time in five games after being sidelined by back stiffness. His two-out, two-run double in the fifth made it 6-1.