April 16 () — Texas Rangers veteran pitcher Bartolo Colon practically pitched an ideal recreation in opposition to the World Sequence champion Houston Astros.
However he misplaced his bid at perfection within the eighth inning of the Rangers’ 3-1 win Sunday at Minute Maid Park in Houston.
The 44-year-old right-hander — affectionately referred to as “Large Horny” — went seven innings with out giving up successful or a stroll, whereas hanging out seven. He retired 21 consecutive hitters on 83 pitches.
Colon started the eighth inning by strolling All-Star shortstop Carlos Correa. Josh Reddick adopted the stroll by hitting a line drive to proper subject for a double, breaking apart the no-hitter.
Yuli Gurriel piled on by hitting a sacrifice fly to heart subject, scoring Correa and stopping a shutout. Colon retired Marwin Gonzalez within the subsequent at-bat, however was pulled from the sport and changed by Alex Claudio.
Gurriel’s RBI tied the sport at 1-1, taking Colon off the hook for a win.
Robinson Chrinos’s 10th-inning double scored two runs, giving the Rangers the go-ahead runs. Proper-handed reliever Keone Kela earned the victory on the hill for Texas, permitting successful and a stroll, whereas throwing a strikeout in a single inning of labor.
“Yeah, once I pitched seven innings … I began enthusiastic about it,” Colon informed reporters. “However I do know that [Jose] Altuve and people guys can hit. Yeah, the sinker and the fastball; it was just about precisely what I needed. It means loads, not only for me, however for the workforce, as a result of we received.”
Justin Verlander additionally pitched a gem on Sunday, permitting only one hit and one run, whereas hanging out 11 and permitting one stroll in eight innings.
The Rangers received the collection 2-1. Houston begins a four-game collection in opposition to the Seattle Mariners at 10:10 p.m. Monday at Safeco Subject in Seattle. Texas begins a three-game collection in opposition to the Tampa Bay Rays at 7:10 p.m. Monday at Tropicana Subject in St. Petersburg, Fla.