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Infante nearly nets cycle, bicycle

Infante nearly nets cycle, bicycle

CINCINNATI -- If Omar Infante had indeed collected a single in the ninth inning, the Marlins' second baseman may have received more than just the first cycle in franchise history.

Manager Ozzie Guillen was prepared to pull strings and get Infante a real cycle, as in bicycle. But not just any bike, a Lance Armstrong one.

"I told the players, I was going to tell Lance Armstrong to get him a real bike, the one he used on the tour," Guillen said. "I've got connections."

For now, a call to Armstrong can be put on hold.

Infante lifted a routine fly ball to center field in the ninth inning, putting to rest any hope of team history being made.

"When I made the flyout, I wanted to cry," Infante aid. "It's hard: You make a home run, triple, it's hard. I wanted that last at-bat. I had a chance, I couldn't do it."

Infante and the Marlins certainly had plenty to cheer about on Saturday night in their 8-3 win over the Reds at Great American Ball Park.

The Miami second baseman finished 3-for-5, collecting a double in the third inning, a home run in the fifth and a triple in the eighth.

In the ninth inning, he had one last chance, but couldn't get that elusive single.

"Oh yeah, I wanted a single," said Infante, who has never had a cycle in his professional career. "I told you, I wanted to cry. I was thinking about making a bunt or something for a base hit."