And the Royals just refuse to go away.

One night after a tough sloppy loss the Royals righted themselves with a three-run burst with two outs in the first inning Wednesday night and rolled to a 7-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians at Kauffman Stadium.

“We bounced back good” first baseman Eric Hosmer said. “That’s what good teams do. They bounce back. We won the series. That’s what good teams do.”

It was the Royals’ fourth run scored on a double steal that will deservedly make the highlight shows on MLB Network etc. but Salvy Perez’s two-out two-run double in the first inning set the tone.

This wasn’t quite as easy as it sounds; it was just 4-2 before the Royals blew open the game with a three-run eighth inning against four Cleveland relievers after right fielder Ryan Raburn dropped a routine fly.

So here are the Royals sporting an 80-72 record with 10 games remaining and back to within 2 1/2 games of Texas in the chase for the American League’s final wild-card berth.

Not impossible right?

Veteran lefty Bruce Chen 8-3 worked into the sixth inning before five relievers combined for four scoreless frames with All-Star closer Greg Holland pitching the ninth in a non-save situation.

“Every single game is a must win” Chen said. “We’re behind and we’re trying to catch up. The Indians are a very good team…they came back (Tuesday) night. We didn’t want that to happen again.”

Cleveland helped out in this one with some sloppy defense including a botched rundown on that double steal when Alcides Escobar went flatsie when trapped between home and third and eluded Yan Gomes’ tag.