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Colon took a ideal game into the eighth inning before doling out a walk and then allowing a double to Josh Reddick. Updates with Colon giving up first hit.

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

Still, it was an absolutely incredible effort against the best lineup in baseball, and from a 44-year-old pitcher! In the third inning, Colon struck out Marwin Gonzalez and Derek Fisher to keep his flawless game bid alive. 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.

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Colon signed a 1-year, minor league deal with the Rangers this past offseason. A fan favorite all around the majors, he is on his ninth team in the past 11 seasons.

Texas leads 1-0 on a home run by Robinson Chirinos off Astros ace Justin Verlander in the third, the only hit of the game.

Colon finished the game with a line of 7.2 innings pitched, seven strikeouts, one hit, one walk and one earned run.