Cucho’s hat trick helps Crew beat Sporting KC

COLUMBUS — Juan “Cucho” Hernández scored three goals — his first multi-goal game of the season — to help the Columbus Crew beat Sporting Kansas City 4-0 Saturday night.

Cucho opened the scoring when he cut back to evade a defender near the center of the area and then slipped a rolling shot inside the post in the 32nd minute. The 25-year-old forward added a goal in first-half stoppage time and capped the scoring when he converted a free kick from 25-yards out in the 71st.

Christian Ramírez added a goal for Columbus (8-3-6) in the 66th minute.

John Pulskamp had four saves for Kansas City.

Columbus lost 2-1 to Inter Miami last time out to have a four-game win streak snapped.

Kansas City (3-12-5) has conceded four goals in each of its last three games, all losses.

The Crew had 67% possession and outshot Sporting 13-3, 8-0 on target.