MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – Ozzie Albies and Freddie Freeman each hit a solo homer off Anthony Bass in the seventh inning, Eddie Rosario went deep off Edward Cabrera in the fourth, and the Atlanta Braves beat the Miami Marlins 5-3 on Sunday.
The division-leading Braves, going for their fourth consecutive title, padded their lead to 4½ games over the Phillies.READ MORE: Rodney Rodriguez, Driver In High-Speed Crash That Killed 3, Finally Booked Into Jail
Miami, far back in the division standings and playing the role of spoiler, had won two consecutive series against the Phillies and New York Mets before coming up short against Atlanta.
Rosario went deep for the 10th time to give the Braves a 2-1 lead. Cabrera left the game with right big toe soreness after Rosario homered.
Albies connected for the 28th time, sending a fastball into the right-field seats to make it 4-3. Freeman followed two batters later with his 30th homer, an opposite-field shot to left.
The Braves, who rank second in the NL in homers, tacked on a run to take a 3-1 lead in the fifth when Jorge Soler doubled to left and scored on Travis d’Arnaud’s single to left.
Jacob Webb (4-2) faced the minimum in the seventh to earn the win. Bass (3-8) gave up two runs and two hits.
In the ninth, closer Will Smith allowed a leadoff triple to Jesús Sánchez and issued a one-out walk to Isan Diaz before retiring Alex Jackson on popup and Eddy Alvarez on a groundout to earn his 32nd save in 37 chances.
Braves starter Max Fried ran into trouble in the sixth. Lewin Diaz led off with his first career triple and scored on Miguel Rojas’ single. Fried was charged with a fielding error on Jazz Chisholm Jr.’s sacrifice bunt and gave up Jesús Sánchez’s RBI single to make it 3-all.
Fried allowed three runs and four hits with one walk and seven strikeouts in six innings. He had gone 1-3 with a 6.10 ERA in his first 10 career starts against Miami.READ MORE: MDPD: NW Miami-Dade Shooting Suspects In Critical Condition After Crash
Cabrera, who made his fourth career start, allowed two runs and three hits with three walks and four strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings.
Sánchez gave the Marlins a 1-0 lead in the second with his third homer of the series and 10th overall, a 460-foot shot to center with an exit velocity of 112 mph.
Cabrera escaped a jam in the second with two runners on by striking out Eddie Rosario. He stranded runners at first and third in the third with a strikeout of Austin Riley.
The Braves improved to 23-15-8 in series play this season. They have won five of their last six home series. Atlanta has taken five of the last six games against Miami. After losing five of the first six against the Marlins this season, the Braves are 9-3 since. They improved to 11-4 overall in rubber games.
Marlins C-OF Jorge Alfaro was not in the lineup after leaving Saturday’s win with left calf tightness.
Marlins: RHP Sandy Alcantara (8-13, 3.24 ERA) will face a yet-to-be-determined Nationals starter when Miami begins a three-game series at Washington. Alcantara struck out a career-high 14 batters in the Marlins’ home victory Wednesday against the Mets.MORE NEWS: COVID Booster Shot Confusion Ahead Of FDA Advisory Committee Meeting
Braves: RHP Touki Toussaint (3-2, 4.11) will pitch opposite RHP Jon Gray (7-10, 4.18) on Tuesday when Atlanta and Colorado open a three-game series. Toussaint received no decision after allowing five runs — four earned — in three innings of the Braves’ 6-5 win at Colorado on Sept. 2.