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Rangers’ Bartolo Colon flirts with perfect game at 44

April 16, 2018 3:02 AM
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Big Sexy allows zero baserunners until the eighth inning against defending champion Astros in Houston.

Colon threw 96 pitches, 66 for strikes. A fan favourite all around the majors, the beefy right-hander nicknamed Big Sexy is on his ninth team in his last 11 seasons.

Colon’s longest no-hit bid came with the Cleveland Indians on Sept. 18, 2000, when he held the New York Yankees hitless for 7 1/3 innings. He finished with a one-hitter in a 2-0 win at Yankee Stadium.

Going into the eighth, Texas led 1-0 on a home run by Robinson Chirinos off Astros ace Justin Verlander in the third, the only hit of the game to that point.

In the dugout, Colon’s teammates left him all alone on the bench, adhering to traditional superstition, as he grinned and tossed a ball to himself.


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