Bartolo Colon, 44, takes flawless game into 8th inning vs. Astros

Colon walked Carlos Correa on five pitches to lead off the eighth inning. With AP Photos.Bartolo Colon has lost his bid for a no-hitter against the World Series champion Houston Astros when Josh Reddick doubled with nobody out in the eighth inning.

Colon struck out seven and gave up one earned run through 7.2 innings.

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

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.

Everyone's favorite 44-year-old athlete put together an wonderful performance in front of a national audience on Sunday Night Baseball, against the defending champions. He went to an 0-2 count against 10 of the first 18 batters he faced. A fan favorite all around the majors, the beefy right-hander nicknamed "Big Sexy" is on his ninth team in his last 11 seasons.

Verlander allowed just one run on a solo shot from Robinson Chirinos in the third inning. Verlander has fanned nine through seven innings.

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