David Freese and Sean Burnett didn’t leave the biggest mark on the Angels’ 6-1 win over the Kansas City Royals on Friday, but their presence on the field proved a point.

Both players were on the disabled list a week ago – Freese with a fractured finger in his right hand, Burnett with a left elbow that needed nearly a year to heal. They’re two of the six players the Angels were counting on to get healthy this month and make an impact.

Friday, Burnett got Eric Hosmer to ground out to end the seventh inning, stranding a runner on second base. Freese went 0 for 4 but deked Norichika Aoki into sliding into an inning-ending double play at third base, made possible by a laser throw from center fielder Mike Trout.

Those were the sort of small plays that tended to go the other way a year ago and derail the Angels late in games.

Now, as the Angels got closer to full strength, their early-season optimism appears justified. Their 27-20 record on the strength of a 6-2 homestand seems less fluky.

“We’ve won a lot of close games and we’ve come from behind a lot,” pitcher C.J. Wilson said. “A lot of our losses are close games, too. We had a tendency last year to let some teams come in and jump us out of the gate. April for the last two years has sort of jumped us. We got off to a lot better start. May, we’ve been playing better baseball.

“There’s a lot of things that we can do depth-wise that we haven’t been able to do since the first couple games of the season.”

Wilson (6-3) wasn’t his sharpest Friday. He needed a season-low 105 pitches to get through 6 1/3 innings. The left-hander lamented his changeup; catcher Chris Iannetta blamed Wilson’s sinker.

Yet he still limited the Royals to just one run, helped by a pair of double plays and a scoreless effort from the bullpen. The Angels’ right-handed heavy offense hummed against Kansas City southpaw Danny Duffy (2-4).

Duffy saw his earned-run average rise from 1.42 to 2.59 after allowing five runs, all earned, in six innings. Trout, Howie Kendrick, C.J. Cron, Erick Aybar and Grant Green each contributed two hits to the Angels’ 12-hit attack.