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The Portland Timbers bolstered their MLS playoff hopes with a 3-2 road victory Sunday night at Montreal.

Diego Valeri’s 82nd-minute strike was the only score after a 2-2 first half.

Portland also got goals from Maximiliano Urruti (his team-high eighth of the season) and Will Johnson, who converted a penalty kick.

The Timbers, who fired 20 shots (a team high on the road this season) improved to 6-6-9 (27 points) with 13 regular-season matches to go. They have earned at least one point in six of their last seven regular-season road games this year.

Montreal, which has the worst record in MLS, fell to 3-12-5.

• The Portland Thorns’ bid to earn one of the top two spots in the National Women’s Soccer League suffered a double blow on Sunday.

The Thorns fell 5-0 at the first-place Seattle Reign and dropped seven points behind No. 2 FC Kansas City, which defeated visiting Sky Blue 2-1.

The Thorns slipped to 8-7-6 (30 points) but remained third in the NWSL with three games remaining. The top four teams advance to the postseason.

The Washington Spirit (8-8-4, 28) and Chicago Red Stars (7-6-7, 28) are tied for fourth place. Each has four games to go.

Seattle is 14-1-4 (46 points) with five games left, and Kansas City is 11-5-4 (37 points) with four games to play.

The Reign scored in the 4th, 40th, 44th, 57th and 93rd minute Sunday before their home crowd of 5,597 at Memorial Stadium. Former Portland Pilots star Megan Rapinoe scored the fourth goal as Seattle snapped Portland’s five-game unbeaten streak.

The eight-team American Legion AAA state baseball field is set for the tournament Thursday through Monday at Reinhart Volunteer Park in Grants Pass. The Portland Barbers will open Wednesday against Dr. Stewart’s (Roseburg). Other first-round games Wednesday: Medford Mustangs-Dallas DeMarini Dirtbags, Salem Withnell Dodgers-Eugene Challengers, and Corvallis Gerding Builders Marketmen-Grants Pass Nuggets.

— Portland Tribune