Bartolo Colon Loses Perfect Game In Eighth Inning

A leadoff walk to Carlos Correa and a Josh Reddick double ended the bid by Colon, who would have become the oldest pitcher to throw a no-hitter.

Texas Rangers right-hander Bartolo Colon has a flawless game through seven innings Sunday against the reigning World Series champion Houston Astros. Updates with Colon giving up first hit. He was embraced by teammates and coaches upon returning to the dugout.

Still, it was an absolutely incredible effort against the best lineup in baseball, and from a 44-year-old pitcher!

Nolan Ryan (44 years, 90 days) is the oldest player to throw a no-hitter and Randy Johnson (40 years, 252 days) is the oldest player to throw a flawless game. In the third inning, Colon struck out Marwin Gonzalez and Derek Fisher to keep his ideal game bid alive.

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Colon has struck out seven on 83 pitches. The Rangers would go on to beat the Astros, 3-1, in 10 innings.

His longest no-hit bid came with the Cleveland Indians on September 18, 2000, when he held the New York Yankees hitless for 7 1/3 innings.

Colon was masterful with his comeback two-seamer on the night, and didn't really throw much else but the fastball.

Colon struggled with the Braves and Twins last season, finishing with a 7-14 record and a 6.48 ERA.

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