Bartolo Colon Loses Perfect Game In Eighth Inning

Florence Fletcher
April 16, 2018

He struck out 11 batters, but 44-year-old Colon was better.

Colon lost his ideal game with a walk to Carlos Correa to open the eighth inning, and Josh Reddick got Houston's first hit with a double one batter later.

At 44 years and 326 days old, Big Sexy would have been the oldest pitcher in history to record a flawless game or a no-hitter.

Colon signed a minor-league contract with Texas in February after finishing with a 7-14 record and 6.48 ERA between the Atlanta Braves and Minnesota Twins previous year. Verlander has fanned nine through seven innings. Not that it matters.

Bartolo Colon, who turns 45 next month, flirted with history Sunday night, taking a ideal game into the eighth inning against the World Series champion Houston Astros.

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The Rangers removed Colon after throwing 7.2 innings.

If Colon is able to hold the Astros hitless the rest of the way, he'll become the first Ranger to throw a no-hitter since Kenny Rogers tossed a flawless game against the California Angels on July 28, 1994.

The Rangers lead 1-0 courtesy a solo home run from catcher Robinson Chirinos. The Astros were last victims of a no-hitter when the Giants' Matt Cain threw a ideal game on June 13, 2012.

The 44-year-old veteran finished the game with seven strikeouts, one hit and one run allowed through 7.2 innings.

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