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Bittersweet cycle for Hairston

Scott Hairston #12 of the New York Mets

Scott Hairston #12 of the New York Mets celebrates in the dugout after hitting a home run during the fourth inning against the Colorado Rockies. (April 27, 2012) Photo Credit: Getty Images

DENVER -- Scott Hairston was back in the Mets' lineup Saturday night against a righthander after hitting for the cycle in Friday's 18-9 loss to the Rockies.

Hairston, who became the 10th Met to complete the feat, did it by the sixth inning with a double to the leftfield wall. He singled in the second, homered in the fourth and tripled in the fifth.

Hairston called the cycle "bittersweet" because of the Mets' lopsided defeat, but that didn't stop him from clapping his hands as he steamed into second with a two-run double that made the score 13-9.

Manager Terry Collins double-switched Hairston out of the game in the seventh inning with the score 14-9 to bring in Bobby Parnell, who immediately gave up a grand slam to Ramon Hernandez. Hairston had struck out to end the top of the seventh.

Hairston was beaming about the cycle afterward and was proud to have the ball from the home run (though not the one from the double) as a souvenir.

"It was great while it was happening, but when they kept scoring runs, it really wasn't that enjoyable, to say the least," said Hairston, who entered Saturday batting .265 with two home runs and six RBIs.

Hairston's double was one of those Coors Field shots that appears catchable but then takes off in the thin air. It was well over the head of leftfielder Carlos Gonzalez.

"I thought the way it looked like off the bat, he was going to catch it," Hairston said. "I was just praying it would go over his head, and it did. It was a real good feeling and something I'll never forget."

Hairston admitted he was thinking double before the at-bat. "I was," he said. "I'm not going to lie. I was. When it got to 3-and-2, I was going to try to drive the ball and I was able to do that."

Hairston has been sharing leftfield with Mike Baxter in the absence of the injured Jason Bay. Before that, Hairston platooned in center with Kirk Nieuwenhuis. Hairston hit sixth Saturday nightagainst righthanded starter Guillermo Moscoso in his season debut.

"He's swung the bat great against anybody they put out there," Collins said. "When you're swinging good, you try to get them in the lineup. He's swung the bat very good the last couple games, so I'm going to leave him out there."

Hairston's playing time could be affected if Andres Torres is activated off the DL Monday as expected. Torres went 1-for-3 with a walk for Triple-A Buffalo Saturday.

Before Hairston, the last Met to hit for the cycle was Jose Reyes (June 21, 2006 vs. Cincinnati). The others are Eric Valent, John Olerud, Alex Ochoa, Kevin McReynolds, Keith Hernandez, Mike Phillips, Tommie Agee and Jim Hickman.

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