Players-only meeting prefaces Rangers win

ARLINGTON, Texas -- A players-only Sunday morning clubhouse meeting produced the desired result, a 6-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays in the afternoon, putting a halt to the Texas Rangers' four-game losing streak.

Shortstop Elvis Andrus was one of several players who spoke his peace in a clearing of the air.

"We wanted to see how everybody was," Andrus said. "We wanted to make sure everybody stays focused on the game because we still have four months ahead of us. It was more of a ’let’s stick together because it’s the only way we can get out of this funk."

"A lot of guys expressed their opinion," Andrus continued. "It was a really good meeting. You know [manager Ron Washington] can put up any sign in a game he wants, but it is still up to the players to execute."

Asked about the meeting after the game, the manager said it was "nice to get the job done between the lines."

An offense that produced six total runs in the past four games matched that number on Sunday.

Mitch Moreland, filling in at first baseman for Prince Fielder, who is out with a sore neck, put the Rangers ahead for good with a two-run home run in the seventh.

"We wanted to go out today and play Texas Rangers baseball," Moreland said. "We have guys that are more than capable of doing special things. This is a good first step.

"We’ve had to deal with a lot of adversity this season, but we just have to take the same approach every day."

Moreland’s second home run of the season came on a knuckleball from R.A. Dickey. "I just wanted to see a pitch up because, when it is down, the knuckleball is tough to hit," Moreland said. "I knew I hit it well, but I wasn’t sure if it would go out."

Right fielder Alex Rios got the Rangers started with a two-run triple in the fourth inning.

"That kind of got us going, and that’s what I wanted to do -- get something started," Rios said.

Andrus said the mindset in the pregame meeting was to be relentless as a lineup.

"If one guy doesn’t do the job," Andrus said, "the next one will."