SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) Ronny Medina struck out nine in five sparkling innings, and Venezuela beat Puerto Rico 2-1 on Monday in an elimination game in the Little League World Series.
Yadiel Santana scored on a passed ball in the first, but that was it for Puerto Rico. Medina allowed two hits.
Venezuela next plays Mexico on Tuesday afternoon. Mexico beat Australia 6-2 earlier in the day.
Venezuela scored in each of the first two innings. Julio Rejon homered in the first, and Jorge Cabrera swiped third in the second and went on to take home when catcher Alvin Martinez overthrew third on the play.