Gary Sanchez mashes no matter where in order Yankees put him

The middle of the lineup is treating Gary Sanchez just fine.

After being bumped from the No. 2 hole, Sanchez has come up with one of his best three-game stretches of the season.

It continued in the Yankees’ 8-2 win over the Orioles on Friday night, when Sanchez went 2-for-4 and scored a pair of runs while serving as the designated hitter.

He’s 5-for-12 over that stretch, with six runs scored to go along with the two homers and five RBIs he had in Thursday’s win over the Red Sox.

Asked if he believed there was a correlation between the lineup switch and Sanchez’s improved performance at the plate, manager Joe Girardi said: “Maybe. I can’t really tell you that … [but] if that’s what it took, it worked. Lucky for me.”

And for the Yankees, who had dropped three straight before Girardi shuffled the lineup. After Friday’s victory, they have won three in a row for the first time in a month. The offense has been a huge part of the success, scoring 25 runs during the streak.

Sanchez ripped a double to center and then scored on Chase Headley’s sacrifice fly to the wall in right to tie the game at 2-2 in the second.

After striking out in his next two at-bats, Sanchez singled to lead off the bottom of the eighth. He later scored on Austin Romine’s two-run single that put the game away.

When Girardi made the move to bump Sanchez down in the order, he mostly focused on getting Aaron Hicks higher up to take advantage of his emergence, because he has been one of the league leaders in on-base percentage.

But the manager also acknowledged he hoped putting Sanchez in a more “traditional RBI” role would do the catcher some good, because he has been inconsistent in his first full season in the majors.

“He’s always somewhat been a middle of the order hitter,” Girardi said. “I still like the thought of him hitting second when we put him there. I think it’s more that he got his swing right. He’s used the whole field again, which we saw last year.”

Aaron Judge, who has watched Sanchez as they came up together through the minor leagues, agreed the reversal of fortune is more a product of him simply regaining his comfort level.

“You can put him anywhere and good things will happen,” Judge said of Sanchez, who started the season slowly before missing 21 games with a strained biceps. “Right now, he’s just getting into a hot streak. He had a rough little bit figuring out his swing. It’s tough coming back from an injury and I think he’s getting into a groove and will start taking off.”

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