Buddle scores in 75th to lead Rapids past Galaxy

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CARSON, Calif. (AP) -- Edson Buddle scored in the 75th minute and the Colorado Rapids beat the short-handed Los Angeles Galaxy 1-0 on Saturday night.

Buddle rocketed a shot to the upper-left corner after Vicente Sanchez stripped Galaxy defender Todd Dunivant of the ball on Los Angeles' left wing. The win kept Colorado (11-8-9) in fourth place in the Western Conference.

The Galaxy (13-10-4) lost at home for the first time since early May, dropping from second to third in the West -- two points behind second-place Seattle.h

Los Angeles was missing four starters -- forwards Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan, defender Omar Gonzalez and goalkeeper Jaime Penedo -- away with their national teams for World Cup qualifying. Colorado was without Gabriel Torres, Penedo's Panama teammate.