Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie was laboring. The Indians played merry-go-round on the bases in the second inning and didn’t stop until they reached five runs.

Even Guthrie appeared to be getting dizzy. He didn’t cover the bag after an impressive diving stop by first baseman Billy Butler, and upon reaching the dugout Guthrie was close to his boiling point.

“About 97 percent capacity of anger and frustration,” Guthrie said.

But he didn’t give in. Guthrie battled back, got the Royals into the sixth inning with no additional damage and the bats and bullpen brought it home.

The Royals won 7-5, and their fifth straight triumph became one of their most satisfying. The five-run deficit was the largest they have overcome in a victory this season.

They’ve taken three straight from the Indians, a team the Royals trailed in the Central Division entering the series.

And if scoreboard watching is your thing, have at it. Saturday’s win pushed the Royals closer to a playoff spot.

Three teams remain ahead of Kansas City for the second wild-card spot, but the Royals are only one game behind the teams tied for that position, the Yankees and Blue Jays. The Mariners are a half-game ahead of the Royals.

Guthrie wasn’t the only traveler on the comeback trail Saturday.

Butler, whose season-long power outage had him out of the lineup for two of the previous three games, crushed his second two-run homer in two days.

Like Friday, this one broke a deadlock and provided the winning margin. Also like Friday, he tattooed it.

The blast traveled 433 feet over the Royals’ bullpen in left field. Indians left fielder Chris Dickerson looked up and didn’t make much of a move. There was no need.