- Diego Rossi (21')
- Jacen Russell-Rowe (89')
Rossi scored in the 21st minute and Russell-Rowe made it 2-0 in the 89th minute, scoring as a substitute for the second straight match.
The Crew (12-7-6, 42 points) are 10-1-3 at home but play six of their final nine on the road, where they are 2-6-3.
Toronto (3-13-10, 19 points) is 0-8-3 in the past 11 league matches and has lost 10 in a row in all competitions.
Patrick Schulte made three saves, all in the second half, for the rookie's sixth shutout, second in a row.
Tomas Romero stopped six shots for Toronto, which was outshot 31-9.
The Crew went ahead due to their pressure in the attacking third. Aidan Morris intercepted a pass and fed Julian Gressel. He pushed the ball to Darlington Nagbe for a shot from 22 yards that Romero saved to his right but spilled the rebound to Rossi.
Rossi in his second match -- first start -- since signing as a designated player on Aug. 2, scored his first Crew goal after getting 48 in 105 matches for Los Angeles FC from 2018-21, including leading MLS in goals in 2020. He played in Turkey the past two years.
The Crew's 26 first-half goals are the most in the league.
Columbus at the half led in attempts (17-3) and shots on goal (4-0). The Crew also had all five corner kicks.
The Crew kept firing away and on their 21st shot in the 62nd minute, Romero extended to his left to get a hand on an Morris try.
Toronto's first shot on target was a header to the left post by Cassius Mailula that Schulte saved in the 65th minute.
Schulte assisted on the Russell-Rowe goal with a long goal kick.
- Elton García
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