Astros avoid no-no but fall in 10th to Rangers


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HOUSTON — The Astros avoided being on the wrong side of what would have been a historic perfect game when they finally broke through against 44-year-old pitcher Bartolo Colon in the eighth inning Sunday. Finishing off the Rangers proved to be more difficult.

Robinson Chirinos drilled a two-run double to straightaway center field off reliever Hector Rondon in the 10th inning to send the Rangers to their second consecutive 10-inning victory over the Astros, 3-1, at Minute Maid Park.

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HOUSTON — The Astros avoided being on the wrong side of what would have been a historic perfect game when they finally broke through against 44-year-old pitcher Bartolo Colon in the eighth inning Sunday. Finishing off the Rangers proved to be more difficult.

Robinson Chirinos drilled a two-run double to straightaway center field off reliever Hector Rondon in the 10th inning to send the Rangers to their second consecutive 10-inning victory over the Astros, 3-1, at Minute Maid Park.

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The Astros (10-6) have lost four of five games following a 9-2 start.

Video: TEX@HOU: Chirinos cranks a two-run double in 10th

Colon retired the first 21 batters he faced in carrying a perfect game into the eighth. Carlos Correa was the first Astros baserunner to reach on a leadoff walk. Josh Reddick followed with a double to right field and Yuli Gurriel scored Correa with a sac fly to tie the game.

Astros starter Justin Verlander continued his stellar start by allowing only one hit in eight innings — a leadoff homer to Chirinos in the third inning. He struck out 11 batters — the third consecutive double-digit strikeout game by a Houston starter — and didn’t allow any other batters to reach second base.

Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast.