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BC-BBA-Rangers-Astros, 223 Colon ideal into 8th, Rangers beat Astros 3-1 in 10AP Photo TXMW104, TXMW107, TXMW118, TXMW116, TXMW119, TXMW109, TXMW110, TXMW108, TXMW107, TXMW101Eds: APNewsNow.

And though his no-hitter and shutout disappeared in a three-batter stretch, the Texas Rangers at least made sure Colon's efforts didn't happen in a losing cause.

Correa ended up coming around to score to tie the game at 1-1, and Colon left after 7⅔ innings and 96 pitches while lowering his ERA on the season to 1.45.

Texas leads 1-0 on a home run by Robinson Chirinos off Justin Verlander in the third, the only hit of the game. It's a good thing to, as he delivered a two-run double in the 10th inning that proved to be the difference.

The 44-year-old Colon is still working on a no-hitter Sunday night.

Spotting his fastball to perfection and even touching the low 90s at times, Colon mowed down the first 21 hitters he faced, recording seven strikeouts and starting the first 14 hitters off with strikes. Reddick then lined an 0-2 delivery down the right-field line, putting runners at second and third and prompting a standing ovation from opposing fans in Houston. The 44-year-old pitcher, whose career was thought to be over as recently as last year, had a ideal game going through seven innings. Verlander has fanned nine through seven innings.

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