Villarreal made it back-to-back victories thanks to Cedric Bakambu’s double at Girona, who remain outside the relegation zone on goal difference.
The Congolese striker now has eight goals for the campaign including seven in seven appearances in La Liga and follows his hat-trick against Eibar.
Both of the 26-year-old’s strikes came within the opening 20 minutes to put Javi Calleja’s side in control at Estadi Montilivi.
Cristhian Stuani responded for the hosts five minutes before the break with a fantastic improvised back heeled goal and despite a second-half rally, the visitors held on for the points.
The Yellow Submarine move up to eighth in the standings, while Pablo Machin’s side stay 17th.