Columbus, OH – The New England Revolution started Columbus' comeback Saturday night, the Crew made sure to finish it to extend their lead atop the Eastern Conference.
Kevin Alston's own goal erased Benny Feilhaber's first-half goal for the Revs, and Julius James and Emilio Renteria added two more goals late in the second half as the Crew won 3-1 in Major League Soccer at Crew Stadium.
Columbus (10-7-7) entered the game with a one-point cushion over Philadelphia, but the Union tied FC Dallas, allowing the Crew to open a three-point lead and a six-point cushion over Red Bull New York.
New England (4-11-9) lost for the seventh time on the road in 13 games, and is just one point off the bottom of the Eastern Conference.
The Revolution snatched the lead late in the first half when, after goalkeeper Matt Reis made a diving save on a shot from Chad Marshall, Feilhaber scored on the other end just before halftime.
Feilhaber turned a pass from Pat Phelan into the upper-right corner from the left side of the area, putting New England in position to escape with a win on the road.
But Alston lifted a ball over Reis and into the upper left nine minutes after halftime, and James and Renteria added goals in a six-minute stretch later in the half to seal Columbus' 10th win of the season.
James scored the first goal in the 75th when he reached a corner from Bernardo Anor and headed into an empty goal with Reis off his line. James' goal was his first of the season.
Renteria followed with his fifth of the season in the 81st, as Robbie Rogers - who scored for the U.S. in a 1-1 tie with Mexico on Wednesday - squared a pass to the middle, where an open Renteria slotted past Reis.
Columbus won for the third time in its last four ahead of its top-of-the-table game with Philadelphia on Aug. 20 at Crew Stadium. New England lost its second in a row and its winless streak reached four ahead of Wednesday's home match against the Houston Dynamo.