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Rangers' Colon, 44, flirts with perfect game

From ESPN - April 15, 2018

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

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.

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.

"I do not ever think about what age I am or who is facing me,'' Colon said through an interpreter. "I always try to do my job, and I always feel happy doing my job, and that's what I think about.''

Of the first 17 batters he faced, Colon went to an 0-2 count on 10 and struck out six in that span. He entered the eighth having thrown 83 pitches, 59 for strikes and seven strikeouts.

"When I pitched seven innings perfect, I started thinking about it,'' Colon said. "I know that [Jose] Altuve and all those guys can be a hard out.''

Colon walked Correa on a 3-1 pitch to start the eighth before Reddick lined an 0-2 delivery down the right-field line for a double that put runners at second and third, spoiling the no-hit bid as well.

"He left a changeup up, and I was looking over the plate and got enough of it to get it over the first baseman's head,'' Reddick said.

Opposing fans in Houston gave Colon a standing ovation, and he clapped his bare hand softly against the outside of his glove.

A fan favorite all around the majors, the beefy right-hander nicknamed "Big Sexy'' is on his ninth team in his past 11 seasons.

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