Shunsuke Watanabe saw a no-hitter bid come to an abrupt end but helped the Lotte Marines to their fourth straight win with a superb outing in a 6-0 victory over the Rakuten Eagles in the Pacific League on Saturday.
Watanabe (2-2) carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning before being ejected for hitting Rakuten leadoff man Teppei Tsuchiya in the head with a pitch with none out at Chiba Marine Stadium.
The submarine right-hander struck out six and walked none but hit Tsuchiya twice in six-plus innings of work.
Koichi Hori hit a solo homer to left in the first off Masahiko Kaneda (0-1) and Lotte pushed its lead to 3-0 in the fourth on an RBI double by Toshiaki Imae and a Saburo Omura sacrifice fly. Val Pascucci added a three-run shot to center in the sixth to make it 6-0.
Takeshi Yamasaki had the first of four Rakuten hits off the Lotte bullpen with a one-out single in the eighth. The Eagles suffered their third shutout loss this season.
Buffaloes 7, Lions 0
Rookie right-hander Yoshihisa Hirano threw his second shutout of the season and Masahiro Abe went 2-for-4 with three RBIs as Orix defeated Seibu to snap its five-game losing skid.
Hirano (3-1) scattered six singles, walked one and struck out two in a 105-pitch outing, while Abe had RBI singles that made it 2-0 in the fourth and 4-0 in the sixth at Skymark Stadium.
Yoshitomo Tani hit a solo homer in the second and added a run-scoring single in a two-run seventh before Takeshi Hidaka capped the scoring with a solo shot in the eighth.
Fumiya Nishiguchi (2-3) allowed four runs, five hits and five walks in six innings. PL front-runner Seibu suffered its second shutout of the season.
Fighters 4, Hawks 2
Kensuke Tanaka singled in the go-ahead run and rookie lefty Tomoya Yagi pitched 8-2/3 strong innings as Nippon Ham beat Softbank at Sapporo Dome.
Tanaka broke a 1-1 tie in the fourth with a single to right and Yagi (2-2) held Softbank to two runs -- one earned -- and five hits before Brad Thomas got the final out of the ninth for his first save.
Atsunori Inaba went 2-for-4 with a solo homer in the first for Nippon Ham, while Jolbert Cabrera homered for Softbank. Hayato Terahara (1-1) gave up three runs and seven hits in four-plus innings.