Mullins, Mensah Ηelp Crew Βeat Red Bulls 3-2

Columbus Crews' Jonathan Mensah (4) celebrates scoring a goal against the New York Red Bulls with Crews' Patrick Mullins (32) during the first half of an MLS soccer match on Saturday, July 28, 2018, in Harrison, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

HARRISON, N.J. (AP) — Patrick Mullins had a goal and an assist and Jonathan Mensah scored his first goal of the season to help the Columbus Crew beat the New York Red Bulls 3-2 on Saturday night.

Zack Steffen had four saves, including a diving stop on Aaron Long’s header, for Columbus (10-7-6). The Crew have won back-to-back games for the first time since winning three in a row in May.

Mensah, a 28-year-old defender, opened the scoring in the seventh minute. New York’s Michael Murillo picked up the ball when he mistakenly thought it was out of bounds, giving Columbus a free kick. Pedro Santos’ entry was headed by Mullins to Mensah for the finish from near the spot.

Mullins, acquired via trade from D.C. United on July 12, ran onto a long feed from Harrison Afful and side-netted a left-footer in the 24th and an own goal by New York’s Sean Davis made it 3-0 in the 31st minute.

Mensah deflected a cross from the Red Bulls’ Daniel Royer into the net early in the second half and Royer’s header in the 69th minute capped the scoring.

The Red Bulls (13-6-2) had their three-game winning streak snapped.

Columbus Crew forward Gyasi Zerdes looks to control the ball in front of New York Red Bulls defender Michael Murillo during the second half of an MLS soccer match on Saturday, July 28, 2018, in Harrison, N.J. Columbus Crew defeated the Red Bulls 3-2. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
Columbus Crew forward Gyasi Zerdes (11) and New York Red Bulls midfielder Aaron Long (33) battle for the ball during the second half of an MLS soccer match on Saturday, July 28, 2018, in Harrison, N.J. Columbus Crew defeated the Red Bulls 3-2. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)