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Bean boosts Portsmouth

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Jordan Bean tossed a two-hitter and Portsmouth, N.H., scored five runs in the fifth inning to break open a scoreless game and beat Lake Charles, La., 5-0, yesterday at the Little League World Series.

Bean struck out 12 and was helped by solid defense as the New England region champs (2-1) clinched a berth in the next round while South Lake Charles was eliminated.

Portsmouth broke open a tight contest with one out in the bottom of the fifth, loading the bases with two singles and a walk. Matthew Feeney followed with an RBI single. Lake Charles left fielder Tre Goodly mishandled the ball, allowing Keegan Taylor to cross the plate for a 2-0 lead.

Asked about his strategy, Bean, who has earned the win in both of his team's victories, said, ``Pitch strikes. Don't give up a lot of walks. Don't give up the strike zone," he said. ``Nothing too wild."

Venezuela 1, Saipan 0 -- In a game suspended Saturday night after 7 1/2 shutout innings, Venezuela ended the game only nine minutes after it started again on Roberto Valera's grounder up the middle, scoring Jordy Freitez.

Curacao 8, Russia 0 -- Curacao pounded out eight runs on nine hits while pitcher Dienston Manuela limited Russia to four base runners.

Japan 6, Mexico 1 -- Ryota Koike, Seigo Yada, and Naruto Fukuyama homered in the third as Japan scored five runs to break open a 1-1 game.

LLWS organizers reprimanded Staten Island manager Nick Doscher and one of his players after the team's 1-0 loss to Lemont, Ill., Sunday in which the player yelled an obscenity and Doscher responded by striking him.

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