TORONTO -- It was about as ugly a win as you can get. Toronto starter Mark Buehrle fell trying to throw a pitch, balking in a run. Closer Casey Janssen didnt finish the ninth. Even Rogers Centre couldnt make up its mind, opening and then closing the dome. When the dust had settled, the Blue Jays had defeated the lowly Texas Rangers 9-6 Sunday, securing the series win over the worst club in the majors. The teams combined for 27 hits. But it was hardly a precision batting display. Texas left nine men on base while going 4-for-15 with runners in scoring position. Toronto stranded eight and went six-for-13 with runners in scoring position. Melky Cabrera answered a Texas comeback with a leadoff homer in the seventh inning and singled home two more runs in the eighth to lead the Jays. Cabrera gave Toronto a 6-5 lead when he sent reliever Neftali Felizs third pitch of the day deep to centre field. It was the left-fielders 12th home run of the season, delighting the crowd of 36,011 on a 23-degree day. One inning later, Munenori Kawasaki made it 7-5 with an RBI single after Toronto loaded the bases with one out on three singles. Then Cabrera slammed a single to right-centre to bring home Anthony Gose and Jose Reyes. Toronto (51-49) has now won seven of the last eight completed series against Texas (39-59) at Rogers Centre. Perhaps more importantly, the Toronto offence woke out of its slumber. The nine runs were the most by the Jays since they scored 14 on June 20 in Cincinnati. Toronto, which had lost its last three series, also notched its first multi-homer game since July 2. "We came to life today," said manager John Gibbons, who noticed a change in attitude early in the game. "I felt a little more energy in the dugout. The guys seemed a little more relaxed, some funny comments. Theyve been grinding it pretty hard lately. Its been wearing on them." Janssen, recovered from a stomach ailment, gave up three hits and a run in a nervous ninth and was replaced by Aaron Loup with two outs and men on first and second. The left-hander finally ended it by inducing former Jay J.P. Arencibia to pop out on a 3-and-2 pitch for his fourth save. "I just didnt see that crispness coming out there," Gibbons said of Janssen, who converted 14 of 16 save opportunities in the first half of the season. Left-hander Brett Cecil, coming on in the eighth with no outs and a man on second, snuffed out an earlier Rangers threat. Cabrera went 3-for-5 and has now hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games and 23 of his last 28. He also made a fine catch in left field, snagging the ball at his shoe top. "I just think the all-star break did him wonders," said Gibbons. "Hes out there every day. It did most guys some good. He just needed to refresh a little bit. His hand, speed, bat speed looks a little bit better. Thats the key to hitting, if you get a good swing. " Buehrle did not look fresh as he went six innings in his eighth unsuccessful attempt to record a win since June 1. "He was a little off," said Gibbons. "Its too bad he hasnt had a win in so long," he added. "Because hes definitely pitched well enough to have a few more under his belt. But thats the way baseball is sometimes. Theres no justice in this business." The day wasnt all bad for Buehrle. He picked off two Rangers and is now five shy of tying Andy Pettitte for most career pickoffs (105). Plus he was headed to the Tim McGraw show after the game. Todd Redmond (1-4) got the win for one inning in relief of Buehrle while Feliz (0-1) was tagged with the loss. Down 5-2, the Rangers had rallied for three runs in the sixth to tie the score as the bottom of the order loaded the bases. The Buehrle balk and a Daniel Robertson two-RBI single made it a whole new ball game. "Thatll make the bloopers," said Gibbons. Buehrle, who called it "embarrassing," said he went down because his cleat caught. He would have tried to throw the ball at the plate but was more concerned about not hurting himself going down. "Obviously I havent been as sharp as I want to be the last times Ive been out. It hasnt been really that good. I dont know. Just a couple of those days. Dont want to have them but theyre going to come in the course of season and (I) just need to turn it around." Robertson, filling in for the injured Alex Rios, drove in a career-high four runs for the Rangers. "Every time we scored, we just couldnt stop them," sad Texas manager Ron Washington, whose teams winning percentage slipped under .400 to .398. "Weve got to have some shutdown innings. We just couldnt get any shutdown innings after we put runs on the board. Thats the one thing we certainly have to work hard to correct." Earlier, catcher Dioner Navarro homered for Toronto and Reyes drove in two runs with a bases-loaded single in a game that saw both teams with plenty of chances to keep the scoreboard turning over. It was a no-decision for Buehrle, who has posted an 0-5 record in his last eight outings to drop his record to 10-6. And this after reaching the 10-win mark faster than ever before in his career. He gave up five runs on eight hits with five strikeouts and three walks in his 449th consecutive start, the longest active streak in the majors. The left-hander, who came into the game with a 13-5 record in 20 career starts against the Rangers, made life difficult for himself in the second, third and fourth by putting the leadoff man on with two walks and a single. But, two runs aside in the third, he cleaned up after himself until stepping into it again in the sixth. Despite winning the series opener 5-1 Friday, the Rangers have been in a free fall for a while. They came into the game having lost nine of 10 and are now 2-14 in July, the fewest wins for any team in the majors. However you stack them, the numbers are shocking. Texas has lost 16 of 18 and 24 of 28. One explanation: Texas has used more players (51) and pitchers (30) than any other team this season. And the Rangers lead the majors in use of the disabled list (21) and current players on the DL (14). That explains the 15 rookies on the active roster. Texas starter Nick Tepesch lasted 4 1/3 innings, giving up five runs on nine hits. The Jays open a four-game homestand against the Boston Red Sox on Monday. Texas heads to New York to play the Yankees. Clearance NHL Jerseys . Auld made 37 saves in a 5-3 loss to the Boston Bruins on Saturday. It was Ottawas first game without starter Anderson, who is out indefinitely after cutting his hand Wednesday night, and it was evident the team wasnt sure how to deal with the change in goal. Fake NHL Jerseys . 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Seven of those were in Boston, where Cubs executive Theo Epstein was the general manager of two Red Sox clubs that won it all with Ramirez playing a key role and earning a World Series MVP award. "While Manny is not and will not be a fit on the Cubs major league roster, we do think at this stage of his life hes a nice fit as a mentor for some of the young talented hitters we have in the organization," Epstein said in a statement. "Manny will coach full-time and play part-time in a limited role that does not take at-bats away from our prospects. "If he shows there is still some magic in his bat, perhaps he will find his way to the major leagues and help another team, but that is not why he is here. We are thrilled that he wants to work with our young hitters and make a difference." Ramirez most recently played in the big leagues in 2011, with Tampa Bay. The 12-time All-Star had a minor league with Texas before the Rangers released him last August. "Im at the stage of my life and career where I really want to give something back to the game that I love -- the game that has meant so much to me and done so much for me and my family," he said in a release. "I know I am nearing the end of my playing days, but I have a lot of knowledge to pass on to the next generation -- both what to do and what not to do." Ramirez was suspended for 50 games in 2009 while with the Los Angeles Dodgers after testing positive for a banned drug. He retired in April 2011 instead of serving a 100-game ban for a second positive test while with Tampa Bay, but later agreed to a reduced 50-game suspension and played in the minors for Oakland in 2012. The teaching role for Ramirez is a bit of a gamble for Epstein, who is depending on Chicagos rich farm syystem to turn around the floundering franchise.ddddddddddddThe Cubs lost 197 games over the previous two seasons, and began Sunday in last place in the NL Central with an 18-29 record. "The reality is he is a great, great hitter who can provide valuable insight and knowledge," Chicago manager Rick Renteria said before the game at San Diego. Chicagos top hitting prospects at Iowa include infielders Arismendy Alcantara and Javier Baez, a first-round pick in 2011 who is off to a slow start after he was a late cut by the Cubs following a solid spring training. Third baseman Kris Bryant, the No. 2 overall selection in last years draft, is one of the top hitters in the Double-A Southern League and could make it to Iowa by the end of the season. "The Cubs have some very talented young hitters, and I would love nothing more than to make a positive impact on their careers," Ramirez said. "I am passionate about baseball and about hitting, and I have a lot to offer. While I would love to return to the major leagues, I leave that in Gods hands. My focus will be on working with the young hitters, making sure they dont make the same mistakes I made, and helping the team any way I can." Ramirez was selected 13th overall by the Cleveland Indians in the 1991 amateur draft and rose quickly through the minor leagues, with a youthful exuberance and natural charisma that endeared him to just about everyone he met. He signed with the Red Sox as a free agent in December 2000, helping the franchise win an elusive World Series championship a few years later, then doing it again in 2007. Ramirez led the American League with a .349 batting average in 2002, finished second the next year, and had an AL-best 43 home runs in 2004. But there was another side to Manny -- his lackadaisical play, particularly on defence and the basepaths, rubbed some managers and teammates the wrong way. "Manny has made real mistakes in the past but he has owned up to them and moved his life in a positive direction the last couple of years," Epstein said in a release. "He is in a really great place right now and wants to share the lessons hes learned along the way. We think he deserves another chance and that our young hitters will benefit from it." ' ' '
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