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Chicago's Jackie Robinson West rallies to eliminate R.I. in LLWS

Photo: Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press

Chicago's Jackie Robinson West avoided elimination with a 8-7 victory over Cumberland, R.I. in the Little League World Series on Monday.

Pierce Jones and Trey Hondras homered, and Joshua Houston delivered the game-winning RBI single in the fifth inning.

Jackie Robinson West, composed entirely of African-American players, is making its first appearance at the Little League World Series in 31 years.

Chicago blew a 6-2 lead when Cumberland rallied to score five runs in the bottom of the third to take a 7-6 lead.

But Jackie Robinson West rallied in the fifth inning. Darion Radcliff's single tied the score, and Houston's hit down the left-field line scored pinch-runner Lawrence Noble from second to give the Great Lakes region representative the lead. 

Standout Chicago closer Marquis Jackson took the mound in the bottom of the sixth inning, surrendering a hit but keeping the Rhode Island bats otherwise at bay. 

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Chicago will play Pearland, Texas, (2-1) on Tuesday in another elimination game.

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