Mainz, Germany (SportsNetwork.com) - Yunus Malli produced a brace at the Coface Arena on Saturday as Mainz cruised to a 5-0 thumping of Paderborn.
Malli put Mainz in front after only six minutes, but Paderborn buckled down for the remainder of the opening period and stayed within touching distance through halftime.
The second half, though, belonged to the hosts as Malli doubled the advantage within the opening minute of the restart.
Pablo De Blasis made it three in the 69th minute while an 82nd-minute strike from Sami Allagui and an 87th-minute penalty from Johannes Geis completed the rout.
The result sees Mainz move to 21 points to go two points clear of 12th-place Paderborn.
Freiburg also claimed an flattering victory on Saturday, climbing out of the Bundesliga cellar with a 4-1 defeat of Eintracht Frankfurt.
Eintracht was in front from the opening minute thanks to Marco Russ, but four goals in the final 30 minutes, including a hat trick from Nils Petersen, saw Freiburg collect all three points.
Vladimir Darida converted a penalty at the hour mark to bring the hosts level, but Petersen seized control of the contest by grabbing goals in the 64th, 69th and 88th minutes to lift Freiburg to 18 points.
That result left Borussia Dortmund at the foot of the table, and Jurgen Klopp's side stayed bottom after playing to a 0-0 draw with Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.
Also on Saturday, Marcel Risse scored twice in the span of 15 minutes in the second half at the Imtech Arena to guide Cologne to a 2-0 victory over Hamburg, Marco Hoeger's 33rd-minute strike held up as the winner in Schalke's 1-0 defeat of Hannover and Patrick Herrmann produced the lone goal in Borussia Monchengladbach's 1-0 defeat of Stuttgart.