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Earthquakes keep playoff hopes alive, beat Timbers 2-1

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  • Portland Timbers midfielder Sebastian Blanco (10) reacts to a referee's call during the second half of an MLS soccer match between the San Jose Earthquakes and the Timbers in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017.

    Portland Timbers midfielder Sebastian Blanco (10) reacts to a referee's call during the second half of an MLS soccer match between the San Jose Earthquakes and the Timbers in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017.
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  • San Jose Earthquakes goalkeeper Andrew Tarbell, bottom, grabs the ball under Portland Timbers forward Darren Mattocks during the second half of an MLS soccer match in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017.

    San Jose Earthquakes goalkeeper Andrew Tarbell, bottom, grabs the ball under Portland Timbers forward Darren Mattocks during the second half of an MLS soccer match in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017.
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  • San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Anibal Godoy, left, and defender Victor Bernardez celebrate after the Earthquakes scored against the Portland Timbers during the second half of an MLS soccer match in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017.

    San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Anibal Godoy, left, and defender Victor Bernardez celebrate after the Earthquakes scored against the Portland Timbers during the second half of an MLS soccer match in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017.
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  • A goal by San Jose Earthquakes forward Danny Hoesen gets past Portland Timbers goalkeeper Jeff Attinella, bottom, during the second half of an MLS soccer match in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017.

    A goal by San Jose Earthquakes forward Danny Hoesen gets past Portland Timbers goalkeeper Jeff Attinella, bottom, during the second half of an MLS soccer match in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017.
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  • Portland Timbers midfielder Diego Chara, top, tries to get to the ball over San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Anibal Godoy during the first half of an MLS soccer match in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017.

    Portland Timbers midfielder Diego Chara, top, tries to get to the ball over San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Anibal Godoy during the first half of an MLS soccer match in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017.
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  • Portland Timbers forward Dairon Asprilla, center, jumps for the ball next to San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Shea Salinas during the first half of an MLS soccer match in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017.

    Portland Timbers forward Dairon Asprilla, center, jumps for the ball next to San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Shea Salinas during the first half of an MLS soccer match in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017.
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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Valeri Qazaishvili had a goal and an assist to lead the San Jose Earthquakes to a 2-1 victory over the Portland Timbers on Saturday night.

The Earthquakes (12-14-6) bounced back from two consecutive blowout losses (4-0 to D.C. United and 4-1 to the Chicago Fire) to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Portland (13-11-8) has lost two of its last three games and is four points back of the Western Conference-leading Vancouver Whitecaps.

Qazaishvili bent his shot to the right post and past diving goalkeeper Jeff Attinella in the 16th minute. Danny Hoesen shot between a defender's legs and into the bottom left corner of the net in the 49th minute. Chris Wondolowski and Qazaishvili assisted on the goal.

The Timbers' Sebastian Blanco scored in the 87th minute for his sixth goal of the season.

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