Moreno scores twice, Timbers hold off Dynamo 2-1

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Santiago Moreno scored a pair of goals in the space of two minutes in the first half and the Portland Timbers beat the Houston Dynamo 2-1 on Wednesday night.

Darwin Quintero scored for the Dynamo, who have not won in Portland since 2011.

Yimmi Chara was brought down in the box, giving Portland an penalty kick in the 34th minute. Santiago Moreno converted for a 1-0 lead.

Just moments later Moreno beat Houston goalkeeper Steve Clark with a left-footed shot for his third goal of the season.

Moreno nearly had a hat trick in the 63rd minute but Clark stopped it at the right post. Clark, who played for the Timbers from 2018 until last year, made his 200th career MLS appearance.

The Timbers have never had a player score a hat trick in an MLS match.

Houston narrowed the deficit in the 65th minute on Quintero's arcing shot from outside the box. It was his seventh goal of the year.

The Dynamo were coming off a 2-0 victory at home over the Chicago Fire on Saturday. The win snapped a three-game losing streak.

The Timbers defeated the Colorado Rapids 3-0 on Saturday to snap a four-game winless streak.

There were nine yellow cards handed out in the match, which was chippy at times. Portland's Bill Tuiloma was sent off after his second yellow in the 75th.

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Anne M. Peterson, The Associated Press

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