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Infante "wanted to cry" after cycle near miss

    CINCINNATI -- Omar Infante just missed becoming the first Marlins player to hit for the cycle when he failed to come up with a single in his final at bat.

    "I wanted to cry," Infante said of his near-miss.

    Infante doubled in his first at bat, homered in his second, grounded to short in this third, and tripled in his fourth. He stepped to the plate with two outs in the ninth but flied to center on 2-2 pitch.

    "I had a chance but I couldn't do it," Infante said. "I thought about bunting."

    Everyone in the Marlins dugout was aware of the situation when Infante went to the plate in the ninth. Manager Ozzie Guillen said he told everyone within earshot that he would get Infante a "real" bicycle -- one used by Lance Armstrong in the Tour de France -- if he completed the hitting cycle.

    "I told the dugout people that if this kid gets a hit right now I'm going to get him a real bike," Guillen said. "I have connections."

    The Marlins and Padres are the only two teams that have never had a player hit for the cycle.