South Williamsport, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Joshua Houston drove in two runs as Chicago held on for a 6-5 win over Philadelphia on Thursday to advance to the USA Championship Game of the Little League World Series.
Trey Hondras had a pair of hits and scored twice while Marquis Jackson and Cameron Bufford each pitched three innings for Chicago.
Philadelphia had been led by pitching phenom Mo'ne Davis, but she wasn't on the mound in this game after pitching in Wednesday's loss to Las Vegas. She started the game at first base and flied out in her only at-bat in the first inning.
Jack Rice and Zion Spearman each drove in two runs while starting pitcher Erik Lipson was banged up for six runs -- two earned - in two innings of work.
Philly scored two runs in the first on a two-run single from Rice, but Chicago answered with four runs in the home half, highlighted by Houston's two-run base hit.
Chicago added two more in the second for a 6-2 lead.
Spearman punched a two-run single in the fourth to get Philadelphia within two, and Kai Cummings' home run in the fifth made it a one-run game.
Philadelphia put runners at the corners in the sixth, but Rice flied out to end the game.
In the earlier contest, Suguru Kanamori smacked a pair of homers and Japan routed Mexico, 12-1, to advance to the International Championship Game.
Hayato Ueshima cracked a solo shot and scored two runs, Ren Takeuchi went 2- for-3 with three RBI and a run scored and Takuma Takahashi and Arata Nishikawa each posted two hits and a pair of runs scored apiece for Japan.
Japan will get a rematch against South Korea in the International title game on Saturday. South Korea scored two runs in the sixth to beat Japan, 4-2, on Wednesday.
Juan Garza launched a leadoff blast to start the game for Mexico, but Japan scored 12 unanswered runs to put it away, plating three runs apiece in each of the final three frames.