Lefty Tsuyoshi Wada shut out Lotte, fanning 11 over the distance for his second win as the Daiei Hawks beat the Marines 2-0 at Chiba Marine Stadium on Wednesday in a tight pitching duel between two rookie hurlers.

Wada gave up five hits and walked none as the Hawks extended their winning streak to four.

Lotte rookie Yoshihide Kanda (0-1) pitched six innings, holding Daiei to two runs on seven hits — including a solo homer to Pedro Valdes in the sixth — in a losing effort.

Buffaloes 12, Lions 6

Tuffy Rhodes and Kenshi Kawaguchi each went 4-for-5 with three RBIs to lead Kintetsu’s 16-hit barrage as the PL leader beat Seibu at Osaka Dome.

Lions slugger Alex Cabrera hit his 2nd and 3rd homers of the year.


Carp 3, Giants 2

Shinji Sasaoka (2-1) scattered six hits over eight strong innings for the win and Hiroshima scored the go-ahead run on a seventh-inning squeeze-bunt single by catcher Shuji Nishiyama as the Carp edged Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome.

Giants cleanup Roberto Petagine connected for a huge solo homer in the sixth inning which hit the video screen in the center-field bleachers.

Swallows 5, Tigers 3

Yakult tied the game with Atsuya Furuta’s two-run homer and scored the go-ahead run with Masakazu Fukukawa’s pinch-hit RBI double in a three-run seventh as the Swallows downed Hanshin at Jingu Stadium.

Closer Shingo Takatsu worked the ninth for his third save and career 229th, matching the Japanese record for saves owned by former BayStar Kazuhiro Sasaki, now with the Seattle Mariners.

Dragons 6, BayStars 3

Masahiro Araki smashed a go-ahead grand slam with one out in the top of the ninth to lift Chunichi over Yokohama at Kamoike Stadium in Kagoshima.

BayStars first baseman Tyrone Woods homered twice, in the second and sixth innings to raise his home run total to six.

Tanishige injured

KAGOSHIMA (Kyodo) Chunichi Dragons catcher Motonobu Tanishige, who injured his left hamstring during a game Tuesday, was diagnosed with a minor strain in his muscle but will not be taken off the roster, baseball officials said Wednesday.

“He says he’s ready to play, but there’s no way. We better give him a few days to see how he feels,” said Chunichi manager Hisashi Yamada of the seven-time All-Star who left Fujisakidai Stadium in Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan, during the game against the Yokohama BayStars.

Surgery for Kokubo

FUKUOKA (Kyodo) Daiei Hawks slugger Hiroki Kokubo will undergo surgery to repair torn ligaments in his right knee at a Los Angeles hospital later this month, team officials said Tuesday.

Kokubo, who will likely be out of action for the entire 2003 season, was scheduled to be operated on at the end of March but postponed the surgery until April 25 since part of the injury had already healed.

Meanwhile, Hiroshima Carp outfielder Jimmy Hurst was diagnosed with inflamed muscles in his lower back and will require a week to recover, officials of the Central League club said Wednesday.

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