ATLANTA -- Rookie Rio Ruiz hit his first major league homer and veterans Matt Kemp and Tyler Flowers also went deep as the Atlanta Braves continued their power display against the Washington Nationals.
The rain-interrupted 5-2 victory on Saturday was just the sixth win in the past 24 games for the Braves against the Nationals, who also allowed three homers in a 7-4 loss on Friday.
The homers by Ruiz and Kemp came against starter Max Scherzer, and Flowers connected off reliever Matt Albers.
"Right now, they're not missing pitches," Nationals manager Dusty Baker said of the Braves. "They're putting the ball out of the park against us."
The Nationals (25-17) lead the Braves (18-22) by six games in the National League East but have lost four straight games and seven of their past eight on the road.
Scherzer (4-3) didn't come back after a rain delay of nearly two hours, having needed 106 pitches to make it through five innings -- his shortest outing of the year.
Scherzer, who had won five straight starts against the Braves, allowed three runs and four hits while striking out six and walking three.
The homers by Ruiz and Kemp were the first that the 2016 National League Cy Young Award winner had surrendered with two strikes on the batter this season.
"He didn't have his usual control," Baker said. "When he gets two strikes on a hitter, he usually puts them away."
Ruiz's home run in the second inning followed a two-out walk to Dansby Swanson, the third baseman's smash on a 2-2 pitch just clearing the 16-foot wall in right field.
Kemp's eighth homer of the season came on a 3-2 pitch leading off the fourth inning. Kemp was able to check his swing on the previous pitch and then Scherzer again missed his spot with a two-seam fastball.
It was Kemp's second homer in as many games and he has reached base safely in 24 consecutive games -- the longest active streak in the National League.
"I didn't actually think it had enough juice to get out," Kemp said.
Hurt by his own throwing error, Braves starter Bartolo Colon couldn't make it through the necessary five innings to qualify for a victory.
The Braves added a sixth-inning run when the Nationals couldn't turn a double play and Flowers smashed his second homer of the season in the eighth.
Krol (1-1) got credit for the victory and Jim Johnson pitched a perfect ninth inning for his eighth save.
"That was huge what Krol did," Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "The other guys just came in and did a great job."
The Braves bullpen didn't allow a hit in 4 2/3 innings and has a 1.86 ERA the past 14 games.
"At least we got the game in. I didn't think we would," Baker said. "Hopefully, we'll get it in tomorrow and salvage a game before we leave from here."
NOTES: The Braves, trying to cover for the loss of 1B Freddie Freeman (broken left wrist), obtained 1B/OF Matt Adams from St. Louis on Saturday in exchange for minor league INF Juan Yepez. Adams, a .271 career hitter, is batting .292 with a homer and seven RBIs this season in 31 games this year, many as a pinch hitter. ... RHP Stephen Strasburg (4-1, 3.42 ERA) will start Sunday's series finale for the Nationals against LHP Jaime Garcia (1-2, 4.65 ERA). Strasburg is 6-1 with a 2.33 ERA in his past eight starts against Atlanta. ... The Braves placed LHP Eric O'Flaherty (lower back strain) on the 10-day disabled list and recalled RHP Luke Jackson from Triple-A Gwinnett. ... The Braves acquired RHP Enrique Burgos from Arizona for cash considerations and assigned him to Gwinnett. ... Atlanta RHP Chaz Roe (right lat strain) was moved from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day DL.