Austin Riley, now an All-Star, helps Braves beat Nats

AP photo by Nick Wass / The Atlanta Braves' Austin Riley takes a lead while on the bases during Saturday night's road win against the Washington Nationals.

WASHINGTON - A patch of bad weather could only delay what has become an inevitable outcome when the Atlanta Braves and the Washington Nationals meet these days.

Matt Olson and freshly minted National League All-Star selection Austin Riley hit consecutive home runs in the third inning, and the Braves rolled to a 6-3 victory Saturday night to deal the Nationals their ninth loss in a row.

Atlanta has won nine consecutive games against Washington and is 10-2 against the Nationals this season in a mismatch of NL East Division teams that is getting increasingly lopsided. The Braves have also won 14 in a row in Washington dating to last year.

The Braves took the lead in the third against Washington starter Paolo Espino (0-3). With two men on, Olson poked an opposite-field shot just over the fence in left field, the Atlanta first baseman's 17th homer of the season.