And now the Royals are eight games over .500 and they got there Monday night in a 6-2 victory over the Miami Marlins by overcoming some rare defensive bobbles through stout pitching and a balanced 12-hit attack.

They also got there without All-Star left fielder Alex Gordon who missed a game to attend the birth of his second son and despite another addition to a growing injury list.

Third baseman Mike Moustakas left the game in the fifth inning because of what club officials classified as tightness in his left calf. It was a calf injury remember that recently sent Miguel Tejada to the disabled list.

Moustakas was clearly limping afterward in the clubhouse.

“I’ll be all right” he insisted. “It’s not bad but we’ll see (Tuesday).”

As for the game the Royals spit back a two-run lead by turning sloppy in the Miami sixth before answering with three runs in their half of the inning.

“That game definitely could have taken a different turn after they came back and tied it” designated hitter Billy Butler said. “But we battled back and scored some more runs.

“That’s stuff that winning teams do. I think we’ve turned that corner and I don’t think anybody in here wants to turn back.”

The Royals got RBIs from six different players. Six players also scored one run apiece. Justin Maxwell and Alcides Escobar each broke ties with RBI triples in the fourth and sixth innings respectively.

Butler rocked a 419-foot homer in the seventh. Chris Getz marked his return from the disabled list with three singles. David Lough Escobar and Butler each had two hits.