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Ageless Wonder Bartolo Colon Takes Perfect Game Into 8th Inning - This Is Sports Zone
 
 

Bartolo Colon, who turns 45 next month, flirted with history Sunday night, taking a perfect game into the eighth inning against the World Series champion Houston Astros. 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. Nolan Ryan, who threw a record seven no-hitters, threw one in 1991 at the age of 44 years, 90 days, and also threw one a year earlier.

Of the first 17 batters he faced, Colon went to an 0-2 count on 10 and struck out six in that span. He entered the eighth having thrown 83 pitches, 59 for strikes and seven strikeouts. Colon walked Correa on a 3-1 pitch to start the eighth before Reddick lined an 0-2 delivery down the right-field line for a double that put runners at second and third, spoiling the no-hitter bid as well. Opposing fans in Houston gave Colon a standing ovation, and he clapped his bare hand softly against the outside of his glove. A fan favorite all around the majors, the beefy right-hander nicknamed “Big Sexy” is on his ninth team in his past 11 seasons.

The Rangers ended up winning the game 3-1 in 10 innings, despite coming in as +270 underdogs at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, tied for the biggest underdogs in a game this season. That’s because few would have given Colon much of a chance in his matchup with Astros ace Justin Verlander, who put up a stellar performance of his own. Verlander went eight innings and allowed just one hit, a third-inning home run by Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos. The right-hander struck out 11 and walked just one.

Colon’s longest no-hit bid came with the Cleveland Indians on Sept. 18, 2000, when he held the New York Yankees hitless for 7⅓ innings. Colon ended up with a one-hitter in a 2-0 win at Yankee Stadium.

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