SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — One big inning propelled the diminutive sluggers from Matamoros, Mexico, into their biggest game of the season.

Sergio Rodriguez homered to dead center in a five-run third and Jesus Sauceda struck out three in relief as Matamoros moved into the Little League World Series title game with a 5-4 win over Tokyo on Saturday.

"Mexico! Mexico," the team's green and red-clad fans chanted after Rodriguez's drive gave his team a 3-2 lead. Tomas Castillo and Ruben Molina opened the third with consecutive doubles, Hector Dragustinovis drove in a run with a fielder's choice and Hector Guevara capped the scoring with an RBI single.

Mexico will play either Waipahu, Hawaii, or Lake Charles, La., in Sunday's title game. The two American teams faced off for the U.S. championship on Saturday.

Rodriguez and his teammates took the traditional victory lap around Lamade Stadium after the big win as their family and friends snapped pictures from the stands.

It was a well-earned celebration after some tense moments in the fifth.

Takumi Ozeki hit an RBI single and scored when Jesus Sauceda threw a wild pitch after coming on in relief with two outs, cutting it to 5-4.

But beside a walk, the 13-year-old pitcher was flawless from there and retired the final four batters he faced, including Daiki Murase to end the game.

It's already been a memorable tournament for Sauceda — he tossed the fifth perfect game in Little League World Series history in a four-inning, 12-0 win over Italy last Sunday.

Now Sauceda has the distinction of closing out the win that sent a team from Mexico into the World Series title game for the first time since 1997. A squad from Guadalupe beat the U.S. champions from Mission Viejo, Calif., that year to win the crown.

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