Colon loses flawless game in eighth inning

Rangers overcome dominant Cole but not their own mistakes

Rangers overcome dominant Cole but not their own mistakes

In the eighth, Colon walked Astros slugger Carlos Correa on five pitches before allowing a sharp double to Josh Reddick to break up the no-hit bid. Colon lost his no-hit bid the following at-bat when Josh Reddick smacked a double to right field on an 0-2 count.

Still, it was an absolutely incredible effort against the best lineup in baseball, and from a 44-year-old pitcher!

Opposing fans in Houston gave Colon a standing ovation, and he clapped his bare hand softly against the outside of his glove.

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.

Nolan Ryan (44 years, 90 days) is the oldest player to throw a no-hitter and Randy Johnson (40 years, 252 days) is the oldest player to throw a flawless game.

The beefy Colon - he has added about 100 pounds since his rookie season - struck out seven.

Colon was masterful with his comeback two-seamer on the night, and didn't really throw much else but the fastball.

Bartolo Colon is pitching a ideal game through six innings for the Texas Rangers against the Houston Astros.

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 previous year.

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