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The beefy Colon struck out seven. With AP Photos.Bartolo Colon has lost his bid for a no-hitter against the World Series champion Houston Astros when Josh Reddick doubled with nobody out in the eighth inning. In the third inning, Colon struck out Marwin Gonzalez and Derek Fisher to keep his ideal game bid alive.

Bartolo Colon almost recorded a flawless game Sunday. Not that it matters.

Texas Rangers starting pitcher Bartolo Colon took a flawless game into the eighth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. The Rangers would go on to beat the Astros, 3-1, in 10 innings.

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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. Verlander has had a good game himself, limiting the opposition to just the one run on one hit and a walk with eight strikeouts. The Astros were last victims of a no-hitter when the Giants' Matt Cain threw a flawless game on June 13, 2012.

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. There have been only 23 official flawless games in baseball history.

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