Well, sure, an 11-4 victory Monday night over the Los Angeles Angels doesn’t entirely wipe out that miserable week the Royals just endured, but it should calm a few concerns.

Most encouraging, perhaps, was the 19-hit attack, which matched a season high and included five from previously slumping Billy Butler, three singles and two doubles. Butler also had five RBIs.

“I knew I had been getting closer, said Butler, who raised his average from .228 to .261. “I had been doing a lot of early work on the field, and I’m doing early work (Tuesday) because it’s just one game.

“Right now, I think the more swings I take before the game, the better I feel in the game. Right now, I feel I need to get my rhythm down. It worked today, so I’m going to do it again.”

Perhaps there should be a line for that extra work before Tuesday’s game, although there was much to like in Monday’s victory. Alcides Escobar, Lorenzo Cain and Salvy Perez each added three hits.

The explosion made it easy for Luis Mendoza, who gained his first victory of the season by holding the Angels to three runs in six innings while starting on normal rest this season for only the second time.

“I’ve been saying that (with regular work),” he said, “every start I’m going to be better and better. Today, I felt great. My sinker was working well down in the zone, and my teammates backed me up with some runs.”