At 44 years and 326 days old, Big Sexy would have been the oldest pitcher in history to record a flawless game or a no-hitter. Colon finally lost the ideal game when he walked Astros' young star Carlos Correa to lead off the bottom of the eighth. He got George Springer and Alex Bregman to ground out, then Jose Altuve lined out to center field to end the inning.
The beefy Colon - he has added about 100 pounds since his rookie season - struck out seven. Not that it matters.
With AP Photos.Bartolo Colon has walked Carlos Correa leading off the eighth inning, the first baserunner allowed by the Texas Rangers right-hander against the World Series champion Houston Astros. He will hit seventh against righty Justin Verlander.
BC-BBA-Rangers-Colon-No-Hitter Alert, 1st Ld-Writethru, 276Bartolo Colon loses no-hit bid for Rangers in 8th vs AstrosAP Photo TXMW104Eds: Updates with additional details, background. The Astros were last victims of a no-hitter when the Giants' Matt Cain threw a flawless game on June 13, 2012.
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. There have been only 23 official flawless games in baseball history.