Josef Martinez scored his Major League Soccer-best 14th goal before departing with an injury to help Atlanta United to a 2-0 victory, and snap Columbus Crew SC's s nine-game unbeaten streak.
Atlanta strengthened its grip on first place in the Eastern Conference by improving to 5-0-2 in the past seven away matches.
Martinez scored in the 30th minute and Hector Villalba converted a pass by Miguel Almiron in the 82nd.
Columbus could have tied Atlanta on points in the table but instead dropped to 0-1-3...
The Columbus Crew extended their unbeaten streak to nine games following a 1-1 tie with the visiting New York Red Bulls at Mapfre Stadium on Saturday.
Columbus has four wins and five ties, including draws in the past three matches, since an April 14 loss to D.C. United, while New York has two draws and a loss since four-game winning streak.
Gyasi Zardes put Columbus ahead in the 26th minute; Alex Muyl tied the score in the 57th.
The Crew controlled the first 45 minutes, but the match tilted toward...