Texas Rangers starting pitcher Bartolo Colon did not allow a baserunner through seven innings against the defending champion Houston Astros on Sunday night. Colon finally lost the flawless game when he walked Astros' young star Carlos Correa to lead off the bottom of the eighth.
Still, it was an absolutely incredible effort against the best lineup in baseball, and from a 44-year-old pitcher!
While nobody expected Colon to flirt with perfection Sunday night, his work on the mound continued what has been a solid start to his Rangers career. Updates with Colon giving up first hit. Reddick then lined an 0-2 delivery down the right-field line, putting runners at second and third and prompting a standing ovation from opposing fans in Houston. The Rangers would go on to beat the Astros, 3-1, in 10 innings.
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Texas leads 1-0 on a home run by Robinson Chirinos off Justin Verlander in the third, the only hit of the game.
In the dugout, Colon's teammates left him all alone on the bench - adhering to traditional superstition - as he grinned and tossed a ball to himself.
Colon finished the game with a line of 7.2 innings pitched, seven strikeouts, one hit, one walk and one earned run.