The boys of Parsippany-Troy East fell 5-2 to a team from San Antonio in its first game of the Little League World Series.

Jordan Cardenas homered and pitched 2 1-3 innings.

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Cardenas gave Texas an early lead with his solo shot to right in the bottom of the first.

The Southwest champions added three more runs in the second thanks to two outfield errors. Starting pitcher Tyler Vitt had singled to center in the inning and came around to score on a three-base error.

Playing in a steady rain, New Jersey broke through in the fourth after Anthony Scannelli’s single to make it 4-1. Cardenas relieved Vitt and walked D.J. Pico with the bases loaded to force in another run before retiring seven in a row.

New Jersey’s team is still alive in the double-elimination tournament; Par-Troy will be back on the field Saturday at 8 p.m., facing the loser of Friday night’s matchup between Oregon and Indiana.

Dino Flammia contributed to this report