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

The 44-year-old Colon was working on a ideal game for the Texas Rangers on Sunday night before walking Carlos Correa on a 3-1 pitch to start the eighth.

Update (10:04 PM ET): The ideal game bid is over, but the no-hit bid is still alive. The 44-year-old Colon was working on a flawless game for the Texas Rangers before walking Carlos Correa on a 3-1 pitch to start the eighth. Verlander has fanned nine through seven innings.

Colon has struck out seven on 83 pitches. Not that it matters.

The right-hander has thrown 76 pitches and will take a bid for a flawless game into the seventh inning at Minute Maid Park. The Rangers would go on to beat the Astros, 3-1, in 10 innings.

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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.

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.

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