Benji Kikanovic delivered two second-half goals as the San Jose  Earthquakes ended their scoring drought while earning a 2-1 victory  Sunday over the visiting Chicago Fire.

The Earthquakes (4-7-6, 18 points) scored for the first time since May  28, waiting out the international break in early June and then going  without a score in games against Nashville SC and Real Salt Lake.

Earthquakes goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski made five saves, while Fire goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina made six saves.

The Fire (4-9-5, 17 points) finally scored in the fifth minute of  second-half stoppage time but are tied for the fewest goals in MLS with  16.

After a scoreless but energetic first half, the Earthquakes went to work  early after the break. They peppered Slonina with rapid-fire shots in  the 47th minute until Kikanovic scored.

Jamiro Monteiro started the flurry when his shot was saved on a dive by the 18-year-old Slonina.

San Jose’s Marcos Lopez followed by hitting the crossbar before teammate Cristian Espinoza hit the left post.

Kikanovic found the ball in front of a wide-open net, and the San Jose native tapped in his first of the season.

With the Fire pressing forward late in the game, the Earthquakes went on  a counter attack, with Kikanovic scoring from the right side of the  penalty area in the 87th minute.

The Fire finally scored just before the final whistle when Brian  Gutierrez got in front of the Earthquakes defense, took a pass on the  run from Jhon Duran and then scored past Marcinkowski.

The Fire failed to follow up on a 1-0 victory Wednesday over the  Philadelphia Union, who were atop the Eastern Conference at the time.  Chicago fell to 1-7-2 on the road.

The Earthquakes were playing their first game since June 18 after a  contest against the Los Angeles Galaxy on June 25 was postponed because  of power-grid issues.