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Baptiste scores in stoppage time, Timbers take down Galaxy

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The Canadian Press
7/14/2013 2:00:03 AM
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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Andrew Jean-Baptiste scored in stoppage time to give the Portland Timbers a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday night.

Jean-Baptiste's header got past Los Angeles goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini as the game wound to a close after Ryan Johnson had evened the score at 1-all in the 27th minute.

Jean-Baptiste doffed his shirt in celebration after his game-winner, his first goal of the season. First-year Timbers coach Caleb Porter flashed a thumbs-up to the crowd.

With the victory, Portland moved into second place in the Western Conference behind Real Salt Lake.

The Galaxy were without forward Landon Donovan, who is playing with the United States in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Donovan scored his 53rd career international goal and the United States defeated Cuba 4-1 in Salt Lake City earlier on Saturday.

The Timbers were without Will Johnson and Rodney Wallace, both playing for Canada in the Gold Cup. Frederic Piquionne, who played in Martinique's first two Gold Cup games, was listed as a reserve for Portland against the Galaxy.

The Galaxy had won two straight, including a 2-0 victory over FC Dallas at home last Sunday.

The Timbers were coming off a 1-0 road loss to the Columbus Crew last weekend, which snapped a 15-match undefeated streak for Portland under Porter.

The Galaxy went ahead 1-0 on Marcelo Sarvas' well-placed header in the 18th minute. The Timbers had not conceded a goal at Jeld-Wen Field in a league game since March 9.

Portland tied it when Darlington Nagbe fed a free kick to a charging Ryan Johnson to beat Cudicini. It was Ryan Johnson's goal of the season, tying him with Will Johnson for the team lead.

Portland goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts defended a dangerously close penalty kick from Juninho, tipping it over the goal in the 37th minute. A few moments later, Ricketts came far out of the goal for a sliding stop on Gyasi Zardes' breakaway.

He made another key save on another Zardes attempt in the 82nd minute

Attendance was announced at 20,674 for the Timbers' 43rd consecutive sellout.

The two teams played to a scoreless draw on June 19 in Carson. The Galaxy is 4-2-1 all-time over the Timbers, who joined MLS in 2011.

Portland Timbers (Photo: TSN)

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