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Dawkins and Gordon lift Earthquakes over Rapids

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- Simon Dawkins and Alan Gordon each scored a pair of goals and the San Jose Earthquakes cruised to a 4-1 victory over the Colorado Rapids on Saturday night.

The league-leading Earthquakes (15-6-5) extended their unbeaten streak at Buck Shaw Stadium to 10-0-4 since Aug. 13, 2011. San Jose's only home loss in MLS play this season occurred at AT&T Park, where Houston beat the Earthquakes 1-0 on March 17.

Gordon extended his career-best single-season scoring mark to 11 goals with strikes in the 43rd and 75th minutes. Dawkins put San Jose up in the 11th minute and tallied again in the 68th for his fifth and sixth goals of 2012.

Tyrone Marshall converted an open 54th-minute header, but couldn't keep Colorado (8-16-2) from suffering its second loss in three matches and eighth in the last 11.

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