Rapid Reaction: Revolution 5, Union 1

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Kelyn Rowe scored twice in spectacular fashion to help give the Revolution a convincing 5-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union at Gillette Stadium on Sunday.

Rowe tallied in the 26th minute when he fired a low shot from 25 yards that lodged itself in the back of the net. His second effort came in the 65th minute when he blasted a shot from 30 yards that flew under the bar.

Juan Agudelo and Diego Fagundez joined Rowe on the scoreboard with strikes in the 71st and 73rd minutes, respectively. The Revolution also grabbed a goal when Amobi Okugo gave up an own goal in the 58th minute in an attempt to deny Agudelo on a clear chance. Okugo’s night only got worse, as he was given a second yellow and red card in stoppage time.

Danny Cruz scored the only Union goal, connecting in the 51st minute when he collected a through ball from Conor Casey before eluding Matt Reis and sending it into an open net.

The Revolution have won two straight and improved their record to 10-9-6 (36 points), which puts them in a two-way tie for the fifth spot with Houston. The Union lost only their second game in their last seven as their record fell to 10-8-8 (38 points).

What it means: A game that many predicted would be close was anything but. The Union entered with four shutouts in their last five and seemed keen to continue that streak going into Sunday’s conference clash. But the Revolution had other ideas, as Rowe resumed his scoring form and buried a pair of highlight-reel blasts to set the attacking tone. With the Union’s spirits sufficiently crushed, Agudelo and Fagundez only added to Philadelphia’s misery as the Revolution's win put them back in the postseason picture -- and in convincing fashion.

Stat of the game: Cruz’s 51st-minute goal was the first goal allowed by Reis in 2013. Prior to Sunday’s game, Reis had collected shutouts in each of his previous three contests and had a 320-minute shutout streak before Cruz’s strike.

McInerney benched: Jack McInerney, a recent thorn in the Revolution’s side, was benched for Sunday’s contest. In his previous five games against the Revolution, the young Union striker has scored three goals, all of which were game-winners.

Sene serves suspension: Revolution striker Saer Sene was unavailable as he served a one-game red-card suspension. Sene was issued a red card following the conclusion of last week’s contest vs. Chicago after he shoved a Fire assistant coach during a postgame altercation that also included Fire defender Bakary Soumare, who also was red carded.

No changes this week: Jay Heaps left his lineup untouched followed last week’s 2-0 win over the Fire. During that game, Heaps made five changes to his starting 11.

Next up: The Revolution head north to face Toronto FC at BMO Field for a rare Friday night match. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.