Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

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


Updates with Colon giving up first hit.

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. Nolan Ryan was also 44 when he threw a no-hitter, but over 150 days younger.

A leadoff walk to Carlos Correa and a Josh Reddick double ended the bid by Colon, who would have become the oldest pitcher to throw a no-hitter.


Robinson Chirinos homered and drove in three runs on Sunday, powering the Rangers to a 3-1 victory over the Astros in 10 innings. 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.

At 44 years and 326 days old, Big Sexy would have been the oldest pitcher in history to record a flawless game or a no-hitter.

Two outs later, Colon was pulled with the score tied at 1. A fan favorite all around the majors, he is on his ninth team in the last 11 seasons. His 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.

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