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. He was embraced by teammates and coaches upon returning to the dugout.
Colon has struck out seven and thrown 83 pitches, 59 for strikes.
While nobody expected Colon to flirt with perfection Sunday night, his work on the mound continued what has been a solid start to his Rangers career. Nolan Ryan was also 44 when he threw a no-hitter, but over 150 days younger.
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Bartolo Colon almost recorded a ideal game Sunday.
Colon finished the game with a line of 7.2 innings pitched, seven strikeouts, one hit, one walk and one earned run.
Colon signed a 1-year, minor league deal with the Rangers this past offseason.
Colon struggled with the Braves and Twins last season, finishing with a 7-14 record and a 6.48 ERA.