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ARI@COL: Cahill cruises in Colorado with six Ks

The Braves' 0-4 start to 2012 is beginning to feel like ancient history.

With right-hander Brandon Beachy taking the mound on Friday, they look to continue their hot streak against Trevor Cahill and the D-backs, who right now seem to be headed in the opposite direction.

Thursday night's 10-2 victory over Arizona was Atlanta's third straight and its eighth in its last nine. The Braves seem to have answered any questions of a possible hangover lingering from their dreadful September last season.

"The approach has been there, but the hits were not falling in," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said of the team's 0-4 start. "Lately, our approach has been better, and we are scoring some runs."

Indeed, they have been scoring runs. In the last nine games, Atlanta is averaging 7.22 runs per contest after scoring only 10 total runs in its first four games.

As for Arizona, the offense seems to have faded a bit in three straight losses, and that may be due to the absence of star outfielders Justin Upton and Chris Young, who are nursing injuries. Young was placed on the disabled list after injuring his right shoulder colliding with the outfield wall and Upton has been out of the starting lineup for three games because of a jammed left thumb.

Thursday's blowout loss was a bit of an anomaly for Arizona, as all five of the D-backs' previous losses were one-run defeats.

"The good news is we are right there," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "We have to keep focusing on how to win more of those games. We went through this last year and conquered it."

Cahill, who's making his third start for Arizona, bounced back from a six-walk outing to throw 7 1/3 innings of one-run ball on Sunday. It was his first win with Arizona after the D-backs acquired him from Oakland in an offseason trade.

Braves: Jones could sit again with fluid in his knee
• Chipper Jones was out of the lineup for the second consecutive day on Thursday, but should return soon.

The Braves third baseman had fluid build up in his left knee after the long flight from Atlanta. Jones had surgery on that knee to repair a torn meniscus on March 26.

"Unfortunately, when I get fluid down in the joint, my range of motion is not real good," Jones said. "There's no need to push it right now. We'll just take it one day at a time and hopefully it will get better in the morning."

• Right fielder Jason Heyward notched his fifth stolen base of the season Thursday night. He had nine steals total in 2011.

D-backs: Upton asks Wright for advice
• Upton was out of the starting lineup for his third straight game on Thursday because of an injured left thumb. He reached out to Mets third baseman David Wright recently for some advice.

Like Upton, Wright is also dealing with an injured finger, and Upton apparently saw Wright using a silly putty-like substance to loosen up the hand and make sure the injury doesn't stiffen.

"To be honest with you, I feel like I'm close," Upton said about his pending return.

• Tuesday's 10-2 loss was the first time Arizona did not have a lead during a game this season.

• A.J. Pollock made his Major League debut on Wednesday and was held hitless in three at-bats. He suffered the same fate Thursday, but notched his first career RBI with a sacrifice fly.

Worth noting
• The D-backs did a good job of shutting down the speedy Michael Bourn on the basepaths Thursday, snapping his streak of stolen bases in four straight games. Bourn was on first base four times, but was unable to swipe a bag.

• Of the 13 hitters on the Braves' roster, Cahill has faced only Jack Wilson, the backup shortstop. Wilson is 1-for-4 facing Cahill, who has never pitched against Atlanta.

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