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Early goals give the Galaxy a 2-1 win over the Timbers.

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By ANNE M. PETERSON
AP Sports Writer

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Robbie Keane and Gyasi Zardes scored in the opening 11 minutes and the Los Angeles Galaxy beat Portland 2-1 on Saturday to snap the Timbers' nine-game undefeated streak.

Zarek Valentin scored for the Timbers, who were stung when they lost veteran defender Nat Borchers to what appeared to be a left ankle injury late in the first half. Borchers was a key piece to the Timbers' team that won the MLS Cup last season.

It was the Galaxy's fourth straight victory in Major League Soccer play, and fifth overall. Los Angeles is third in the Western Conference, while Portland is in sixth.

The Timbers were already without defender Liam Ridgewell, who has a strained right calf and will also miss the MLS All-Star Game against Arsenal next week in San Jose.

The Galaxy were without defender Ashley Cole because of a sore hamstring, and midfielder Steven Gerrard, who has a leg injury.

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