Kent delivered a two-run single in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Astros posted a wild 11-8 victory over the
despite squandering a seven-run lead.
The Astros moved into sole possession of first place in the National League Central Division, one game ahead of St. Louis and Chicago.
"I was trying not to strike out," Kent said. "We got a wake-up call late after they shut us down. We knew what we had to do or we were going to go home disappointed."
With the bases loaded and the Astros trailing, 8-7, Kent singled to left field.
scored the tying run and
slid in ahead of a tag by catcher
, allowing Houston to regain the lead.
It was the 21st come-from-behind win of the season for the Astros and the 10th in their last at-bat.
"I was safe," Ensberg said. "I slid under his legs and he had to bring the ball down and he was late. It looked close on TV and in the stands, but it wasn't that close."
Piniella, however, had other ideas and got into a heated exchange with plate umpire Matt Hallowell, who ended up ejecting him. Piniella kicked dirt over the plate before finally leaving the field.
"The replay showed the runner was out. That's what got me going," he said. "Was I supposed to look at the replay? No, but it's there on the Jumbotron. The guy (Hollowell) tells me he's working hard. We're all working hard. It's about working hard and making the right call."
"It was deserved," Hall said of Piniella's tirade. "I know I blocked the plate. Maybe the umpire saw something different, but on the replay, he was clearly out. I tagged him on the leg."
Tampa Bay starter
allowed seven runs and two home runs in the first inning, but the
chipped away at the lead, with two-out rallies in the fourth, seventh and eighth innings.