Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Rangers-Colon-No-Hitter Alert


Squaring off on Sunday Night Baseball, Bartolo Colon and Justin Verlander were engaged in the best pitcher's duel of the year so far. Colon lost his no-hit bid the following at-bat when Josh Reddick smacked a double to right field on an 0-2 count.

Opposing fans in Houston gave Colon a standing ovation, and he clapped his bare hand softly against the outside of his glove. He was embraced by teammates and coaches upon returning to the dugout.

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.

The 44-year-old Colon was working on a ideal game for the Texas Rangers on Sunday night before walking Carlos Correa on a 3-1 pitch to start the eighth. In the third inning, Colon struck out Marwin Gonzalez and Derek Fisher to keep his flawless game bid alive. The Rangers would go on to beat the Astros, 3-1, in 10 innings.

Two outs later, Colon was removed with the score tied at 1.

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.

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 a year ago.

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