Colon throwing flawless game vs. Astros through 7 innings

Monday, 16 Apr, 2018

Chirinos clubbed a solo home run off of Justin Verlander to get the Rangers on the board in the third inning, the lone hit that the Rangers would tally in eight innings against the Astros' hurler. Still, Colon (44 years old) is the oldest pitcher to have a no-hitter in the eighth inning, according to the Dallas Morning News' Evan Grant.

Bartolo Colon carried a ideal game into the eighth inning and Robinson Chirinos drove in all three runs for the Texas Rangers.

Bartolo Colon 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 Sunday night. Updates with Colon giving up first hit.

Two outs later, Colon was pulled with the score tied at 1. Despite Colon being a fan favorite in Flushing, the Mets didn't consider bringing Big Sexy back to Citi Field. It's a good thing to, as he delivered a two-run double in the 10th inning that proved to be the difference. Jake Diekman pitched out of trouble in the bottom half for his first save. After Sean Doolittle (0-1) struck out Carlos Gonzalez and Gerardo Parra to open the ninth, Desmond sent a belt-high, 3-2 fastball over the 402-foot sign in straightaway center as Colorado took three out of four in its only visit to Washington.

He struck out 11 batters, but 44-year-old Colon was better.

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. He finished with a one-hitter in a 2-0 win at Yankee Stadium. It was the third time in four starts this season he has lasted at least seven innings.

Texas scored eight of its 11 runs in the series on seven homers.

Astros: LHP Tony Sipp (right oblique soreness) played catch again, manager A.J. Hinch said. But the Dodgers swept Arizona 3-0 previous year in the NL Division Series. In his last start, he lasted just four innings.