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Colon loses flawless game in eighth inning

16 April 2018

The 44-year-old Rangers pitcher was ideal through seven innings against the Astros before walking Carlos Correa on a 3-1 pitch to leadoff the eighth inning.

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.

Colon has struck out seven on 83 pitches.

BC-BBA-Rangers-Colon-No-Hitter Alert, 186Colon loses no-hit bid for Rangers in 8th vs AstrosAP Photo TXMW104Eds: APNewsNow. Mitch Moreland also had three hits for the Red Sox, who completed a three-game sweep of the shortened series and improved to a major league-best 13-2 under new manager Alex Cora. 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.

Clayton Kershaw struck out 12 and pitched two-hit ball over seven innings and Los Angeles Dodgers ended an 11-game losing streak against Arizona in the regular season.

Colon threw 96 pitches, 66 for strikes, and kept the powerful Astros off balance by changing speeds and working expertly to both edges of the plate.

On his way from the mound to the dugout, the good-humored Colon gestured toward Reddick at third base with a quick flick of his hand.

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. In his last start, he lasted just four innings. It was the third time in four starts this season he has lasted at least seven innings. He allowed two earned runs over 11 innings in his first three appearances (one start).

Texas scored eight of its 11 runs in the series on seven homers. Keuchel has never opened 0-3.