With AP Photos.Bartolo Colon is pitching a flawless game through six innings for the Texas Rangers against the Houston Astros. He has allowed just 10 hits in 21 innings with four walks and 36 strikeouts, as he struck out 11 in each of his first two outings.
With Nomar Mazara back in the lineup as the designated hitter on Sunday, Joey Gallo is moving out to the outfield, so Rua is sitting this one out against right-hander Bartolo Colon.
A leadoff walk to Carlos Correa and a Josh Reddick double ended the bid by Colon, who would have become the oldest pitcher to throw a no-hitter. Claudio snared 11 saves for the Rangers previous year and ended the season as the closer, but the team made a decision to move in a different direction to start the new season. His longest no-hit bid came with the Cleveland Indians on September 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.
The Rangers lead 1-0 courtesy a solo home run from catcher Robinson Chirinos. Verlander has fanned nine through seven innings.