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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russians Get First-Ever Series Victory

APRussia's Nikita Kashcheyev, right, congratulating Alexei Kozin after their win Sunday.
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pennsylvania -- First Anton Chekalin ruined Peter Perez's perfect game. Then he made history.

Chekalin scored the go-ahead run in Russia's first-ever Little League World Series win as Khovrino Little League of Moscow beat Central Little League of Agana, Guam, 2-0 in pool play Sunday night.

With two out in the sixth, Chekalin hit a grounder to left, ruining what would have been the first perfect game in the Little League World Series since 1976.

After advancing on Alexei Kozin's single, Chekalin scored the game's first run on Kirill Starodubov's RBI single to center field. Kozin would later score on an infield error.

Khovrino Little League (1-1) is in its third consecutive Little League World Series, but had yet to win a game.

Yevgeny Vorotyntsev (1-0) earned the win for Russia, striking out 12. Perez (0-1) took the loss.

Guam (0-2) had four hits and had runners advance to second base three times. In the second and fourth innings, Vorotyntsev responded by striking out the next three batters.

With one out in the sixth, Merced Flores, the only girl in this year's series, walked, then advanced to second on a passed ball.

Christopher Carbullido struck out for the second out, and Flores was tagged out sliding into third when she tried to advance after Russia's catcher bobbled the ball.

Kiyoshi Tusmura, of Chofu, Japan, threw the last perfect game in the series 27 years ago. In 2001, Danny Almonte of the Rolando Paulino Little League in the Bronx, New York, threw a perfect game against Apopka, Florida, but that game was wiped from the record books after officials learned Almonte was 14 -- two years too old to play Little League.

Perez had nine strikeouts, including the first two batters in the sixth, before Chekalin's hit. But after giving up three consecutive hits, Guam pulled Perez in favor of Jathan Barnes.

In other action, Massachusetts beat Washington 2-1. David Ferriera scored on Sebastiano Petruzzelli's RBI groundout to give Massachusetts a 2-0 lead in the sixth, and Matthew Muldoon held Washington to just one run to preserve the win.

Saudi Arabia topped Canada 3-2 as Shaan Bukhari hit a double and scored the first of two Saudi Arabia runs in the fifth inning. Thomas Timony struck out two in the sixth for the save after Jonathan Boutilier's two-run homer brought Canada within one.