Kansas City, Mo. — Alex Rodriguez stayed put at 499 homers. None of his Yankees teammates came up with a big hit, either.

Kansas City, Mo. — Alex Rodriguez stayed put at 499 homers. None of his Yankees teammates came up with a big hit, either.

Jorge De La Rosa repeatedly pitched out of trouble, and the Kansas City Royals teed off on Kei Igawa in a 7-0 victory last night that stopped the Yankees' winning streak at six.

Alex Gordon homered, tripled and doubled, and Tony Pena Jr. and Mark Grudzielanek also tripled for Kansas City, which had lost the first three games of the four-game series.

The Yankees went 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position — hot-hitting Hideki Matsui stranded runners at second and third when he hit an inning-ending popup in the first, then left the bases loaded when he grounded out to end the fifth.

A day before his 32nd birthday, Rodriguez faced De La Rosa, who gave up his 400th home run on May 8, 2005 while pitching for Milwaukee.

A-Rod drew an intentional walk in the first, flied out leading off the fourth and was hit by a pitch in the fifth, then grounded against Zack Greinke in the eighth.

Today, Rodriguez will be on deck when the Yankees resume a suspended game against the Orioles in the eighth inning. If he homers in the completion of the suspended game, it would count as being hit on June 28, when the contest began. That would make be home run No. 493 — and his homer off Gil Meche on Wednesday night would become No. 500.

A-Rod would surpass Jimmie Foxx (32 years, 338 days) as the youngest player to reach 500 homers and would be the 22nd to reach the mark.

The Yankees (54-47), who lost for only the third time in 14 games, dropped 7½ games back of AL East-leading Boston but remained 4½ games behind Cleveland, the AL wild-card leader. And after getting 84 hits in their five previous games, the Yankees were held to six.

Six of the Royals' seven extra-base hits came against Igawa (2-3), the Yankees' $46 million bust. He gave up five runs and seven hits in 5ª innings, his ERA rising to 6.79. Igawa is winless since April 28, and with the Yankees off on Monday — and able to skip Igawa's next turn in the rotation — it appears likely he will be sent back to the minors soon and replaced by 21-year-old rookie Phil Hughes, who has been impressive during a rehab assignment.

Notes — C Jose Molina, acquired from the Angels on Saturday, was 2-for-4 in his Yankees debut. He doubled and singled in his first two at-bats, then grounded into an inning-ending double play in the sixth.