They just kept coming and coming and coming, a one-inning charge reminiscent of their 1998 ancestors. The first nine Yankees came to bat in the third inning Wednesday night at Comerica Park, and all nine recorded a hit, all off longtime nemesis David Price. The next two batters added sacrifice flies.

And when the dust cleared later, en route to the Yankees’ 8-4 thumping of Price and the Tigers that allowed them to gain ground in both the American League East (they’re now six games behind Baltimore) and the race for the second AL wild card (they’re 2 ½ behind Seattle), you looked down the RBI column of your scorebook, and you saw single lines running down your page like raindrops.

The only player with two lines in the RBI column was the only guy still around from 1998: Derek Jeter, who contributed an RBI double (his first extra-base hit since Aug. 11) to break a 0-0 tie and the inning’s second sacrifice fly to wrap up the explosive inning. And so we received another example of why Joe Girardi will very likely keep Jeter high in his batting order through the captain’s impending retirement.

“I’ve said this many times,” Girardi told The Post Wednesday afternoon, proactively diminishing the news value of his words. “It’s not like we have a bunch of guys hitting .300.”

I had asked Girardi if he thought it was just too difficult, too hairy, to drop Jeter down in his lineup. This question emanated from Girardi’s decision Wednesday to keep Jacoby Ellsbury in the leadoff spot, where he had thrived the two prior games, and demote Brett Gardner, who had missed three games with a right ankle injury, to the eighth spot. That marked the first time that Gardner, Jeter and Ellsbury all started and didn’t bat 1-2-3 since May 9, when Ellsbury and Jeter kicked things off and Gardner hit seventh.