A perfect KC Royals homestand involved some history: ‘What’s up fans? You like that?’

This is the 56th year of Royals baseball, and Thursday’s 13-3 victory over the Houston Astros marked only the third time they’ve completed a home stand with at least a 7-0 record.

It’s early, but the good times are rolling for the Royals.

“What’s up fans? You like that?” Vinnie Pasquantino said.

They jumped on the Astros for nine runs in the first inning of Thursday’s series finale at Kauffman Stadium and then coasted home to improve to 9-4 this season, the best start since 2016.

The perfect homestand mark matches a 7-0 showing in 1988 and an 8-0 stand in 1985. The Royals finished 84-77 in 1988 and 91-71 in their World Series title year of 1985.

A nine-run first inning ended any mystery Thursday. The Royals tacked on another run in the sixth and three more in the seventh.

Bobby Witt Jr. crushed the baseball, going 4 for 5 with five RBIs. He homered in the first inning ... and the seventh.

And the slump-busting continued for Vinnie Pasquantino, who finished 3 for 5. He entered Wednesday’s game with a .108 batting average and added 114 points to that, plus his first eight RBIs of the season, in KC’s past two games.

“It’s coming from all angles,” starting pitcher Brady Singer said. “Offense, (defense), pitching, it’s been incredible.”

Here are the highlights from Thursday’s matinee:

Bobby Witt’s amazing day

Witt, the Royals’ phenomenal shortstop, was a highlight reel with his bat and glove.

At the plate, Witt lofted two fly balls to right center, where the wind was blowing out. Both of them left the yard, giving Witt four home runs this season.

“Last week he hit a few balls like that into the wind that got knocked down,” Royals manager Matt Quatraro said. “Today he got a little smarter and hit them up with with wind.”

Witt scored four runs and added a stolen base, becoming the first player in Royals history with that combination of statistics.

“I was just trying to put good swings on them, be as simple as possible up there,” Witt said.

As for the glove work, the game’s top defensive moment wasn’t exactly a web gem, but it was a heck of a play nevertheless.

Astros catcher Victor Caratini hit a grounder to second baseman Nick Loftin. But Witt, shading up the middle, was moving to his left and got in position to make the play.

Witt and Loftin got to the ball about the same time, and Loftin gave way by leaping over Witt, whose concentration wasn’t deterred.

“We’ve got to communicate better,” Witt said.

Enough pitching

Starter Brady Singer surrendered a first-pitch double to Jose Altuve and walked Kyle Tucker in the first inning.

He surrendered a walk and single in the second. But he worked out of those jams. A third-inning home run to Yainer Diaz was Singer’s only blemish over five innings. He improved to 2-0.

The Royals didn’t get credit for a quality start because Singer didn’t go six innings, but the ERA among starters remains a lowly 1.96.

The bullpen’s streak came to an end. The Royals entered Thursday having recorded 19.1 consecutive scoreless innings over their previous six games.

On Thursday, Nick Anderson took the ball to begin the sixth innings and surrendered two runs, including a bases-loaded walk to Alvarez.

Angel Zerpa got the final out of the inning with no further damage.

Batting around becomes habit

Astros starting pitcher Hunter Brown got smacked around in his previous outing (at the Texas Rangers). But that was nothing compared to what the Royals did to him from the jump in Thursday’s game.

Fifteen KC hitters produced 11 hits and nine runs in the first inning alone. It was the Royals’ biggest inning of the season, and the lineup batted around for the second straight day.

“That first inning was sick,” Pasquantino said. “That’s about as good as it gets. We were seeing it well, swinging it well. Not a bunch of chip shots either.”

The Royals drove in seven and sent 11 to the plate in the third inning of Wednesday’s 11-2 victory.