Bradley Wright-Phillips had two goals and an assist to lead New York past D.C. United.
The Red Bulls (12-7-6) moved two points behind Eastern Conference-leading D.C. United (13-10-5).
Lloyd Sam opened the scoring in the 33rd minute.
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Wright-Phillips made it 2-0 when he blasted a volley, off a cross from Mike Grella, into the top-right corner from just outside the 6-yard box. Wright-Phillips capped the scoring in the in the 64th when he slipped behind the defense and, after a slight hesitation to avoid an offsides call, found the back of the net on a right-footer from the center of the box.
New York's Luis Robles earned his eighth shutout of the season.