LEAD: Watanabe's no-hitter bid broken with dangerous pitch

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CHIBA, Japan, April 29 (21:01) Kyodo


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.

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