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

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

With AP Photos.Bartolo Colon carried a ideal game into the eighth inning and Robinson Chirinos drove in all three runs for the Texas Rangers during their 3-1 victory over the Houston Astros in 10 innings.

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The 44-year-old Colon is still working on a no-hitter Sunday night. Reddick then lined an 0-2 delivery down the right-field line, putting runners at second and third and prompting a standing ovation from opposing fans in Houston. Houston tied the game up 1-1, and in the process, Colon was pulled for reliever Alex Claudio, who retired the side, the game tied up at 1-1. Updates with Colon walking leadoff hitter in eighth inning.

The 44-year-old veteran finished the game with seven strikeouts, one hit and one run allowed through 7.2 innings.

The beefy Colon struck out seven.

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Colon's longest no-hit bid came with the Cleveland Indians on September 18, 2000, when he held the New York Yankees hitless for 7 1/3 innings.

People started to believe Colon really could pull off the miracle when he completed his seventh inning without giving up a hit, the ideal game still intact.

In the 10th, Chirinos hit a two-run double off Hector Rondon (1-1) that short-hopped the wall in straightaway center field.

Keone Kela (2-0) worked a scoreless ninth for the win.


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