PORTLAND, Ore. -- Danny Mwanga and Jack Jewsbury each scored, Portland tightened its sagging defense and the Timbers knocked off the league-leading San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 on Tuesday.
The Timbers (5-7-4) exhibited an attack that was lacking in Saturday's 3-0 loss at Colorado and the defense limited the damage from an inevitable San Jose second-half charge.
The Earthquakes, with the best record in the MLS, played a patient but not particularly aggressive game, scoring their only goal after a quick restart where Portland seemed to lose focus.
The Timbers are 5-2-2 at raucous Jeld-Wen Field. Mwanga, a product of Portland's Jefferson High and Oregon State, scored his first goal of the season off a beautiful cross from Franck Songo'o in the 29th minute.
The win at Jeld-Wen over the top-ranked team in the MLS follows the Timbers' first home win over Northwest Rival the Seattle Sounders in their last home match.