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


In the bottom of the eighth inning, Carlos Correa drew a walk on five pitches, becoming the first person to get on base against Colon in the game.

Bartolo Colon, who turns 45 next month, flirted with history Sunday night, taking a ideal game into the eighth inning against the World Series champion Houston Astros.

In the 10th, Chirinos hit a two-run double off Hector Rondon (1-1) that short-hopped the wall in straightaway center field. It's a good thing to, as he delivered a two-run double in the 10th inning that proved to be the difference.

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The storyline most of the night was Colon, who in just his second start for Texas turned the clock back to the guy who once won a Cy Young Award and has posted 240 wins in a solid 22-year career.

The beefy Colon, a fan favorite all around the majors, is on his ninth team in the last 11 seasons. Only a couple of those 21 outs could be considered anything besides routine, and none were truly spectacular. He went to an 0-2 count against 10 of the first 18 batters he faced. Updates with Colon walking leadoff hitter in eighth inning. The 44-year-old pitcher, whose career was thought to be over as recently as last year, had a ideal game going through seven innings. He will hit seventh against righty Justin Verlander.

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