The calendar is kind to Trevor Cahill.
The D-backs right-hander will take the hill on Sunday in Atlanta, the final day of June, seeking his first win in what has been a shaky month. He'll be awarded one last shot at redemption after posting an 0-4 record and a 9.30 ERA in five June outings. Opposing hitters are batting .368 against the 25-year-old this month.
The rough stretch comes after Cahill compiled a 2.88 ERA through 11 starts in April and May. Overall, Cahill stands at 3-9 with a 4.29 ERA.
On Tuesday, Cahill allowed six runs on eight hits in five innings against the Nationals, which left manager Kirk Gibson concerned.
"He can't locate with any consistency and it gets him in trouble," Gibson said. "He's been inconsistent recently, so we'll have to look at the video and see if we can get it fixed."
Cahill said he wasn't sure if his mechanics were to blame.
"I always feel like my delivery changes a lot, from start to start and from inning to inning," Cahill said. "I wouldn't say it's changed too much more. But for some reason, even when I get ahead, I make a bad pitch. That's what really hurts."
The Braves will attempt to complete a three-game sweep of the D-backs at Turner Field on Sunday behind southpaw Paul Maholm. In seven career starts against Arizona, Maholm has logged a 1-3 record and a 4.62 ERA.
Maholm has been a different pitcher in Atlanta this season. In six home starts, he has compiled a 4-2 record and a 1.80 ERA. In 10 road outings, he has posted a 4-4 mark and a 5.09 ERA.
D-backs: Putz returns to 'pen
• J.J. Putz returned to his role as closer as the D-backs activated him from the disabled list on Saturday. Arizona didn't need him, though. It appeared as though Putz might get a chance at a save as the D-backs carried a 5-4 lead into the eighth inning. The Braves, however, poured on seven runs, and Gibson summoned Putz to put an end to the bleeding.
Putz had been on the DL since May 8 with a strained elbow.
Braves: Manager confident in Janish's abilities
• Braves skipper Fredi Gonzalez isn't overly concerned with Paul Janish's offensive limitations, given what the infielder can do with his glove. Atlanta will rely on Janish more often now that Ramiro Pena is out for the season.
"[Janish] might be the all-time best defender I've ever been around at multiple positions," Gonzalez said. "We saw it long term last year at shortstop. We asked him when we brought him up if he could play third base, and he said, 'Yeah, I'll go over there.' He's played a little bit of it. But he's terrific."
• Braves outfielder Justin Upton notched his sixth game this season with three or more hits on Saturday.
• D-backs catcher Miguel Montero is batting .309 over his last 15 contests after hitting .205 through his first 57 games. He has seven multi-hit games this month.