SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Jorge Romero put Mexico in front with one big swing, and then he finished the job from the mound.
Romero hit a two-run homer in the top of the seventh, and Tijuana, Mexico, rallied past Aguadulce, Panama, 4-2 on Thursday night to earn a berth in the international championship game at the Little League World Series.
Jorge Rodriguez reached on a bunt single before Romero connected against Edgardo Rosales, sending a drive over the wall in center.
The rain-delayed victory set up a rematch between Mexico and Tokyo, Japan on Saturday. The second game on Thursday's slate between Westport, Conn., and Sammamish, Wash., for a berth in the U.S. final against Chula Vista, Calif., was moved to today.
Mexico went ahead 2-1 in the fifth. Brandon Montes led off with a long drive to left-center for his fourth World Series homer, and Alex Artalejo added an RBI single.
Panama scored on a pair of sacrifice flies by Jordan Agrazal in the first and fifth innings.
The game was delayed for 95 minutes in the seventh, and Panama threatened in its final at-bat after play resumed.
Jean Mar Sanchez led off with a single to center, and Juan Crisp had a base hit with one out. Agrazal was ruled safe on a grounder to second when first baseman Luis Corral was late covering, but the call was overturned after a video replay as Mexico's boisterous fans roared in approval.
That put two runners in scoring position, but Romero struck out Rafael Eysseric swinging on a 1-2 pitch to end it. Romero then threw his glove hard to the ground and was mobbed by his teammates near the mound.