Freddie Freeman's birthday homer helps Braves win series against Marlins

AP photo by Hakim Wright Sr. / Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman swings during the first inning of Sunday's home game against the Miami Marlins. Freeman, who turned 32 on Sunday, hit a home run in the seventh inning to help lead the Braves to a 5-3 victory.

ATLANTA - Ozzie Albies and Freddie Freeman each hit a solo home run off Anthony Bass in the seventh inning, and Eddie Rosario went deep off Edward Cabrera in the fourth as the Atlanta Braves beat the Miami Marlins 5-3 on Sunday.

The Braves, who are in first place in the National League East as they seek their fourth consecutive division title, padded their lead to 4 1/2 games over the second-place Philadelphia Phillies.

Miami, far back in the East and playing the role of spoiler, had won two consecutive series against the Phillies and the third-place New York Mets before coming up short against Atlanta.

Rosario's homer, his 10th this season, put the Braves ahead 2-1 and was followed by Cabrera exiting the game with soreness in the big toe on his right foot.