Ecuador's Joao Rojas scored his fifth goal of the season to help lead Monarcas Morelia to a 2-0 victory over Atlas in Mexican soccer league action.

Morelia dominated ball possession from the opening kick-off Tuesday night until the 31-minute mark, when Ecuador's Jefferson Montero set up Rojas for the first goal of the match.

The visitors continued to play defensively and looked to even the score on the counter-attack, but were unable to create any openings.

Instead, Morelia extended its lead in the 73rd minute when a left-footed strike by Mexico's Francisco Torres finished off a play begun by Colombia's Aldo Leao and facilitated again by Montero.

Morelia's defense faltered in the 89th minute, but keeper Federico Vilar stepped in to deny Chile's Hector Mancilla a scoring opportunity and preserve the shutout.

With the victory, Morelia leaped from the No. 8 spot to No. 4 in the standings with 22 points, based on a record of five wins, seven draws and two losses.

That tally leaves the squad seven points behind leaders Toluca and Tijuana, which each have 29 points.

Atlas remains in second-to-last place with a record of one win, eight draws and five losses, ahead only of lowly Queretaro. EFE