Colon retires first 21 before Rangers win in 10


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HOUSTON — Bartolo Colon didn’t get his perfect game, but for the second straight night, the Rangers knocked off the Astros with a heart-pumping 10th-inning win.

Robinson Chirinos smashed a two-run double in the top of the 10th to drive in the go-ahead runs, and the Rangers held on for a 3-1 victory on Sunday. They ended up taking two of three at Minute Maid over the weekend, with both wins coming in extra innings.

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HOUSTON — Bartolo Colon didn’t get his perfect game, but for the second straight night, the Rangers knocked off the Astros with a heart-pumping 10th-inning win.

Robinson Chirinos smashed a two-run double in the top of the 10th to drive in the go-ahead runs, and the Rangers held on for a 3-1 victory on Sunday. They ended up taking two of three at Minute Maid over the weekend, with both wins coming in extra innings.

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Joey Gallo started the game-winning rally with a single to right off Astros reliever Hector Rondon, and Ronald Guzman followed with a ground-rule double down the left-field line. Chirinos — whose solo homer in the third was the only hit of the game until the eighth inning — then crushed one to deep center over the head of George Springer to score both runners.

Colon took a 1-0 lead and a perfect game into the eighth, but his quest ended when he walked Carlos Correa to open the inning. Josh Reddick followed with a double over first base to end the no-hit bid, and a sacrifice fly by Yuli Gurriel ended the shutout. Colon then retired Marwin Gonzalez on a fly to center, and that was the end of his night.

Had he completed the perfect game, it would have been the 24th such performance in MLB history. In addition, Colon would have passed Nolan Ryan (44 years, 90 days on May 1, 1991) to become the oldest pitcher to throw a no-hitter by 235 days. Randy Johnson (40 years, 252 days on May 18, 2004) is the oldest player to throw a perfect game.

Astros starter Justin Verlander was equal to Colon’s brilliance, allowing only one hit through eight innings. Chirinos delivered that one when he hit a 1-2 curve over the left-field wall to lead off the third.

Colon was only starting because Doug Fister went on the disabled list after his last start on Monday with a strained right hip muscle. Otherwise Colon would still be pitching out of the Rangers’ bullpen.

T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.