So do the Royals have your attention yet?

Salvy Perez’s two-out RBI single in the eighth inning Tuesday night produced the winning run in a 4-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners at Kauffman Stadium.

That was after the Royals blew a 3-0 lead.

And after Luke Hochevar held a 3-3 tie for Tim Collins in the Seattle eighth inning by stranding runners at second and third with one out.

And after Billy Butler’s double-play grounder in the eighth erased Eric Hosmer who opened the inning with a walk.

So no it wasn’t pretty. It was rather the sort of game the Royals often lost in previous seasons. But when Greg Holland closed it out the Royals were ensured of being no worse than 41/2 games out in the wild-card chase.

“Every night is big for us…” Hochevar said. “There’s something on the line. There’s an opportunity to get to postseason. In my time here there’s never been that opportunity.”

Longer than that of course. It’s been 28 years since this city saw postseason ball. The math this season with 24 games remaining remains daunting. But the Royals are willing to let you dream along with them.

“It’s absolutely different (this year)” third baseman Mike Moustakas said. “We’re right in the midst of this thing. People have kind of kept us on the back burner and that’s kind of how we like it.

“We can just sneak up on everybody.”

Moustakas started the winning rally with a two-out double against Yoervis Medina 4-4 after Butler had grounded into that double play. Moustakas drove a ball into center for what appeared ticketed for a single.

Until Abraham Almonte chose to make a diving attempt at a catch.

“I thought he was going to play it in front” Moustakas said. “Keep it to a single. He tried to make a play on it and it scooted away from him. I knew I had to get in scoring position.”

Manager Ned Yost had Pedro Ciriaco just promoted from Class AAA Omaha ready to pinch-run if Moustakas reached first.

“As soon as (Moustakas) got the hit” Yost said “I was thinking it was going to be a single. He turned on the afterburners and ran great to second. That changed my mind right there.

Moustakas remained in the game — and came around when Perez drove a single to left for his third hit of the game. Moustakas went into a head-first slide at the plate but easily beat the throw from Endy Chavez.

“Oh yeah” Perez said “I knew Moose would score. Endy Chavez played so deep every time. As soon as I hit it I knew Moose could make home plate.”

That late run rewarded Hochevar 4-2 with a victory for his clutch relief work. Holland got his 38th save overall; his 31st straight successful conversion.

“Awesome” Perez said. “You guys know we need to win these games.”