What made the victory so impressive was that the Timbers won without suspended midfielder Diego Chara, something
they had not done in 25 games (15 losses and 10 ties) going back four years.
Cristhian Paredes scored twice to lead the Timbers, who also got a goal (following a nutmeg) and an assist from Diego Valeri, a goal from Jeremy Ebobisse, his seventh of the season, and two assists from Jorge Villafaña.
Timbers coach Giovanni Savarese said he got a complete performance out of his players.
“I thought once we started moving the ball quicker, once we started finding spaces, once we started switching the point of attack, I think we caused them a lot of problems," he said. "Once we found the goal, they opened up a little bit more. We played a very good game against a very good team."
The game was marred by three red cards at the end of the game -- 17-year-old Galaxy midfielder Efrain Alvarez in the 84th minute after kicking a ball at Marvin Loria, and Galaxy defender Diego Polenta and Timbers forward Dairon Asprilla after the game for an altercation.
The red cards to Alvarez and Polenta will leave the Galaxy without them and Zlatan Ibrahimovic for its next game against Atlanta United on Saturday. Ibrahimovic will be suspended for yellow-card accumulation after receiving a yellow card in the 76th minute.
Portland (31 points) is only two points behind FC Dallas (33) in sixth place with two games in hand and four points behind Minnesota United (35) with one game in hand. Both FC Dallas and Minnesota United played to scoreless draws at home.
With a slate dominated by home games the rest of the way -- 11 of 13 games -- it's realistic that the Timbers could close in on second-place Seattle (38) and the Galaxy and San Jose, which are tied for third (37). LAFC's lead in the Western Conference is 11 points.