Hiroki Kuroda held high-flying Tokyo Yakult to a run on seven hits over seven innings as the Hiroshima Carp snapped the Swallows' seven game winning run with an 11-2 win on Tuesday.

A former Dodger and Yankee, Kuroda (7-4), pitching for the first time since Game 2 of the NPB All-Star Series 10 days ago on his home turf at Mazda Stadium, struck out four and walked none in his 111-pitch outing.

"I haven't pitched for a while and I know they (Swallows) have a strong lineup capable of scoring from anywhere, so I tried to pitch carefully," the 40-year-old veteran said.