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The Yankees’ Joey Gallo gestures as he crosses home plate after hitting a solo home run off Indians starting pitcher Zach Plesac on Friday in New York.

ARLINGTON — The Texas Rangers hit the road Sunday evening for the final time this season after another resounding home defeat, this one 7-2 to the Chicago White Sox.

Jordan Lyles surrendered five runs in the fourth inning, and the Rangers managed no more than two runs for the sixth time on the seven-game homestand. They lost five of the games, three to the Houston Astros, and were outscored 51-16.

“We won a couple games, but the other games, it wasn’t pretty,” manager Chris Woodward said. “It just shows you we’ve got a lot to do to compete against teams like that.”

Next up for the Rangers is a three-game series scheduled to begin Monday at Yankee Stadium against former teammate Joey Gallo, who was dealt to New York ahead of the July trade deadline.

Gallo, despite 12 home runs in 46 games, isn’t Mr. Popularity in the Bronx.

Fans have booed him lustily for a .166 batting average and 71 strikeouts since the six-player trade that also sent left-handed reliever Joely Rodriguez to the Yankees for four prospects. Gallo, though, is batting .368 with five home runs in his past seven games.

The Rangers might have to wait a day or two to see him. Gallo exited early Saturday with neck stiffness and was not in the Yankees’ lineup Sunday. Regardless, the Rangers are looking forward to seeing him again.

“We’ve been communicating back and forth, mostly via text,” Woodward said. “I’ve always told him I would be there no matter what, whatever team he’s on. I’m just pulling for him.”

The Rangers traded Gallo two weeks after his second All-Star selection. Negotiations on a contract extension went nowhere with agent Scott Boras, convincing the Rangers they had to trade Gallo even though he said many times that he wanted to stay with the Rangers.

They selected him 39th overall in the 2012 MLB draft. He can become a free agent after next season.

Woodward has been one of Gallo’s biggest advocates since taking over as manager in 2019. Woodward said Gallo is one of the best all-around players in the game — he won a Gold Glove last year in right field — when he’s consistent at the plate.

That belief hasn’t changed just because Gallo has changed teams and is getting the business from Yankees fans.

“You can’t fly under the radar when you’re the best,” Woodward said. “I’ve always wanted that for him, for him to be the best player in the league. You have to live up to those expectations, but you’ve also got to embrace them.”

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