MILWAUKEE -- Though they have hardly any hope of a magical run to the postseason, the Atlanta Braves are quietly putting together one of their best stretches of baseball during an otherwise disappointing season.The Braves 2-1 victory Tuesday night at Milwaukee extended their winning streak to four games and with a victory over the Brewers on Wednesday night, Atlanta will have won its third consecutive series.I think you have to just stay the course, Braves manager Brian Snitzer said. When you handle adversity there are good things on the other end of it. But you have to handle it. You take ownership of things and handle it. The way these guys come to the ballpark every day and prepare for todays game is very impressive to me. They are all professional. They do their work, get ready to play and leave it all out there when the game starts.During their recent run of success, few Braves players have been hotter than outfielder Nick Markakis, who tied the game Tuesday with an RBI single, sparking a seventh-inning rally. Hes been on a tear since the All-Star break, batting .353 with six doubles, two home runs and 14 RBI.Winning is always fun for anybody whether you are playing for a playoff spot or you are playing for next year, Markakis said. Whatever it may be, Im excited for the guys. Hopefully we can keep it going.Right-hander Joel De La Cruz will try to do just that for Atlanta, as he looks for his first victory of the season.He allowed only a run on two hits his last time out, but walked five in a loss to the Cardinals.To be honest, I didnt really feel like I pitched my best tonight, De La Cruz said after the outing through a team interpreter. I know Ive got more out there, Ive got more in the tank. I can do a little bit better next time. I feel like it wasnt my best performance and Im looking forward to going out there and getting a better start.Cruz actually began his professional career with the Brewers, who signed him as an amateur free agent in 2006 and appeared in two games for Milwaukees Arizona Rookie League entry that season.Milwaukee, meanwhile, will look to snap a three-game losing streak behind right-hander Chase Anderson, who has started to get back on track after a rocky stretch.Over his last three starts, Anderson is 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA. He took no decision his last time out, holding Arizona to two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out five in an 11-inning 3-2 loss to the Diamondbacks.(Yasmany Tomas) got the best of me tonight, Anderson said after the game. But (I) kept the team in the game, and it was a great game until the end. 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The speculation went into meltdown mode, of the golden nugget variety.Andy Vernon is determined to prove to Great Britains Olympic selectors that he deserves a place on the team for Rio, a year after blaming his feud with Mo Farah for his controversial omission from the World Championships squad.Vernon races over 10,000 metres at the European Championships in Amsterdam this week, knowing he needs to prove his form and fitness with little more than a week to go before the British team for the Games is finalised.The 30-year-old has been hampered by injury since winning 10,000m silver and 5,000m bronze behind Farah at the Europeans in Zurich two years ago and saw his hopes of 5,000m selection for Rio dashed at the trials in Birmingham eight days ago.His chances of being picked over the longer distance are likely to rest on the outcome in the Dutch capital.Asked if he had a message for the selectors, Vernon, who has the Olympic qualifying standard of 28 minutes exactly from last May but has raced just four times in the last 10 months due to a succession of injuries, said: Last year I had five weeks to prepare for a 10,000m and I ran 27 minutes and 42 seconds.Ive got a good base, I would say that actually I have two qualifying times, one in the 5,000m and one in the 10,000m.Its not just my first year of running these times, Ive run qualifying times good enough to go to these Games for two or three years now. I think I should go. I cant say I deserve to go, but I think I should go.I hope they can see what I did do last year off equally bad preparations. And in 2014 I had bad preparation going into those championships. Ive performed time and time again. Im not giving up. All I can do is prove fitness.He took a step towards doing just that by clocking a seasons best 13:26.16 over 5,000m at the Paavo Nurmi Games in Finland last Wednesday.The bad news for Vernon is Rio selection could be taken out of his hands in Amsterdam. There is only one 10,000m spot up for grabbs, with Ross Millington guaranteed qualification and Farah also certain to go, and Wales Dewi Griffiths will get it if he runs the qualifying time, having beaten Vernon to a top-two finish at the 10,000m trial in May.ddddddddddddThe good news for Vernon is that Griffiths personal best is more than half a minute outside the qualifying time.Despite his double medal success in Zurich, Vernon is best known for his public feud with double Olympic champion Farah.Farah, who was born in Somalia, alleged Vernon questioned his nationality after their medal success at the 2014 Europeans, claims strongly denied by the Hampshire athlete.Vernon lost an appeal against his non-selection for last years World Championships -- he struggled for form after achieving the qualifying standard -- and went on to suggest Farah was behind it.He tweeted after Farahs 10,000m victory in Beijing: Well done on your medal @Mo_Farah Great to hear you love to represent your country. Thank you for stopping me do the same.British Athletics performance director Neil Black dismissed the idea that the pairs spat was the reason for Vernons omission.Farah is not competing in Amsterdam this week, focusing instead on his preparations for Rio.Jessica Ennis-Hill is also absent, but it is still a surprisingly strong team which has made the trip, even though Adam Gemili has made a late decision to withdraw from the individual 100m to focus on the relay.Britains athletes will be expected to challenge, or even exceed, the 12 golds, and 23 medals in total, they won last time, especially as Russia will not be competing due to the countrys doping ban.Eclipsing that haul would give Britain their best ever return from a European Championships. The event at Amsterdams Olympic Stadium runs from Wednesday to Sunday. ' ' '