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

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The 44-year-old Rangers pitcher was ideal through seven innings against the Astros before walking Carlos Correa on a 3-1 pitch to leadoff the eighth inning.

Colon was pulled two outs later after giving up a SAC fly to lose his shutout as well.

Colon lost his flawless game with a walk to Carlos Correa to open the eighth inning, and Josh Reddick got Houston's first hit with a double one batter later.

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.

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Colon signed a 1-year, minor league deal with the Rangers this past offseason.

Squaring off on Sunday Night Baseball, Bartolo Colon and Justin Verlander were engaged in the best pitcher's duel of the year so far.

The beefy Colon, a fan favorite all around the majors, is on his ninth team in the last 11 seasons.

The Rangers removed Colon after throwing 7.2 innings.

The Rangers lead 1-0 courtesy a solo home run from catcher Robinson Chirinos.

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