Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Colon loses ideal 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. Updates with Colon giving up first hit.

Texas Rangers starting pitcher Bartolo Colon took a ideal game into the eighth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park.

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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 a year ago. Colon finally lost the ideal game when he walked Astros' young star Carlos Correa to lead off the bottom of the eighth. Reddick then lined an 0-2 delivery down the right-field line, putting runners at second and third.

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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Colon signed a 1-year, minor league deal with the Rangers this past offseason. A fan favorite all around the majors, the beefy right-hander nicknamed "Big Sexy" is on his ninth team in his last 11 seasons.

Going into the eighth, Texas led 1-0 on a home run by Robinson Chirinos off Astros ace Justin Verlander in the third, the only hit of the game to that point.

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