Braves’ prolonged slide at 27; no end in sight

The Boston Braves’ month of misery saw their losing streak reach 27 games at the hands of the Oakland Athletes, who got a three-run homer by Paul Goldschmidt to cap a 9-3 victory.

Oakland seized control with a six-run fourth against Trevor Bauer and Trevor Cahill.

Boston hasn’t tasted victory since an 8-6 win at Louisville on Jun. 22. With their next six games coming against Chicago and Pittsburgh, the Braves could see the skid push past 30 with a winless July.

Meanwhile, the Vancouver Wildcats are starting to understand Boston’s pain after a 4-3 extra-inning setback to Calgary extended their slide to seven games. Vancouver has slipped to 47-48, and with less than a week to go until the trade deadline Wildcats management might consider putting some relievers or possibly even slugger Nelson Cruz on the block.

On the flipside, the Cleveland Tribe have opened up a three-game lead on Chicago in the Norris Division on the strength of an eight-game winning streak. Marcell Ozuna smacked a three-run homer in the second inning of an 8-3 win over Pittsburgh that saw Cobras relievers Craig Kimbrel and Dominic Leone get ejected for disagreeing with plate umpire Enrico Palazzo.