Final

Series: Game 1 of 3

Houston leads 1-0 (as of 6/6)

Game 1: Friday, June 6
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Game 2: Saturday, June 7
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Game 3: Sunday, June 8
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Devil Rays 8

(22-37, 10-21 away)

Astros 11

(34-27, 20-12 home)

    8:05 PM ET, June 6, 2003

    Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas 

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    W: O. Dotel (5-1)

    L: T. Harper (0-4)

    S: B. Wagner (17)

    Astros move into first place in NL Central

    HOUSTON (AP) -- Jeff Kent hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the eighth inning as the Houston Astros held off the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 11-8 Friday night after wasting a seven-run lead. Houston, which moved past the Chicago Cubs into first place in the NL Central for the first time since April 15, led 7-0 after two innings, then fell behind 8-7 when Marlon Anderson hit an RBI double off Octavio Dotel (5-1) in the eighth.

    The hit scored Julio Lugo, released from the Astros on May 9 after being charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly attacking his wife. Lugo was booed time he came to the plate and went 1-for-5.

    It would have been the biggest comeback win in the history of the Devil Rays, who started play in 1998, but Travis Harper (0-4) couldn't hold the lead.

    Houston loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the eighth on singles by Orlando Merced and Morgan Ensberg, and a walk to Jeff Bagwell.

    Kent singled for a 9-7 lead, and Tampa Bay manager Lou Piniella was ejected by plate umpire Matt Hollowell for arguing a call at the plate. Piniella spent several seconds kicking dirt on the plate.

    Mike Venafro relieved and threw a run-scoring wild pitch on his first pitch. One out later, Geoff Blum batted for Dotel and singled home another run.

    Billy Wagner pitched the ninth for his 17th save in 18 chances.

    Tampa starter Nick Bierbrodt left after failing to get any outs in the second, the shortest outing of his career. He allowed seven runs, four hits and five walks.

    Houston starter Jeriome Robertson allowed three runs and five hits in 3 2-3 innings.

    The Astros scored six runs in the first on Ensberg's two-run homer, Lance Berkman's RBI grounder and Adam Everett's three-run homer. Berkman added a sacrifice fly in the second.

    Travis Lee's three-run homer in the fourth started the comeback. Anderson hit a solo homer in the fifth, Jared Sandberg had a two-run homer in the sixth and Tampa Bay tied it in the seventh when Ensberg allowed Travis Lee's infield pop in front of the plate to drop, for an error. The pop scored Rocco Baldelli, who reached base on a Brad Lidge wild pitch as he struck out.

    NOTES Berkman's single in the fifth stretched his hitting streak to 13 games ... Bagwell hasn't homered in 114 at-bats since May 5, when he hit his 11th against Pittsburgh and took the NL lead.

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