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Bryant Nelson singled home the game-winning run as the Daiei Hawks rallied for five runs in the bottom of the ninth en route to a 9-8 “sayonara” victory over the Kintetsu Buffaloes at Fukuoka Dome.

With Kintetsu up 8-4 in the ninth, the Hawks loaded the bases before Kenji Jojima — who belted a two-run dinger in the sixth — hit a bases-clearing double to cut the lead to one run.

Noriyoshi Omichi then hit an RBI double to tie the game and Nelson singled for the game-winner. Nelson went 2-for-3 and hit an RBI double in a two-run seventh.

Fighters 9, Marines 6

Angel Echevarria homered in back-to-back at-bats and singled home a run in Nippon Ham’s go-ahead four-run ninth as the Fighters came from behind to beat Lotte at Chiba Marine Stadium.

Lions at BlueWave — ppd.

CENTRAL LEAGUE

BayStars 3, Giants 2

Takeo Kawamura (2-0) combined with Denny Tomori on a six-hitter for the win as slumping Yokohama edged Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome.

Kawamura allowed two runs and walked one batter while striking out seven over eight innings in his fifth appearance. Tomori earned his third save.

With the game tied in the top of the ninth, Katsuaki Furuki’s pinch-hit solo homer off Giants reliever Rodney Pedraza (1-1) gave the BayStars a 3-2 lead.

Dragons 6, Swallows 3

Shigeki Noguchi allowed three runs over 6-2/3 innings and three relievers held Yakult scoreless the rest of the way as Chunichi beat the Swallows at Ishikawa Prefectural Stadium in Kanazawa.

Kosuke Fukudome went 3-for-3 and connected for a two-run roundtripper — his 10th homer of the year — in the eighth.

Carp vs. Tigers — ppd.

.5 Kawakami deactivated

NAGOYA (Kyodo) Kenshin Kawakami, the 2003 Opening Day pitcher for the Chunichi Dragons, was removed Wednesday from the active roster of the Central League club after complaining of pain in his right shoulder, baseball officials said.

The right-hander felt discomfort after working five-plus innings in Tuesday’s game against the Yakult Swallows at Alpen stadium in Toyama. He injured the same area in 2000 and was limited to just two wins in 14 games that year.

Fighters Nishiura rib broken

Nippon Ham Fighters outfielder Katsuhiro Nishiura on Wednesday was diagnosed with a broken rib and will require three weeks to fully recover from the injury, officials of the Pacific League club said.

Fujita sidelined

OSAKA (Kyodo) Hanshin Tigers right-hander Taiyo Fujita was diagnosed with damaged ligaments in the elbow of his throwing arm and will be sidelined for the first half of the season, officials of the Central League club said Wednesday.

Fujita was removed from the active roster Friday, the day after he was knocked out in 2/3 of an inning against the Chunichi Dragons at Nagoya Dome, and was told by doctors it would take about two months until the pain in his inner arm disappears.

The third-year rotation pitcher and 2001 top draft pick is 1-2 in five starts so far this season with an ERA of 3.09.

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