The 3-and-1 pitch came over the plate, and Carl Crawford swung, and it hurt.
The next pitch was near the same spot, and this one went to the opposite field over the left-centerfield fence for a walkoff home run, giving the Rays a 5-4 win over the Blue Jays at Tropicana Field on Monday night.
"It surprised me, too," Crawford said. "I was just trying to get on base and let the guys behind me do the rest of the work. I definitely wasn't expecting that.
"That's the best feeling you're going to get," he added.
Crawford, out of the starting lineup for the third straight game with a sprained right wrist, chose the most dramatic way to hit his seventh homer of the season after scoring the tying run in the ninth inning.
"I have not seen him hit the ball out there yet," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "That ball was crushed. You knew it was a home run as soon as he hit it. So I officially declare him well."
The Rays tied it at 4 after Greg Norton drew a one-out walk from Jays closer Jeremy Accardo and Crawford entered as a pinch-runner. Crawford stole second and moved to third on a flyout to right.
Maddon then pinch-hit for catcher Dioner Navarro, who entered the game with five hits in his past eight at-bats, with utility infielder Josh Wilson. Wilson took Accardo's first pitch up the middle to score Crawford.
Rays closer Al Reyes, the subject of trade talks as today's 4 p.m. deadline for nonwaiver deals approaches, worked out of a jam in the 10th after allowing a leadoff double to Lyle Overbay. And Scott Dohmann worked out of a one-out, bases-loaded jam by striking out Reed Johnson on a 93-mph fastball and inducing Overbay into a flyout.
Starter Andy Sonnanstine had allowed two runs just four batters into the game but allowed just four over 62/3 innings.
Newcomer Dan Wheeler came on for Sonnanstine with two on and two out in the sixth and allowed a seeing-eye single just past shortstop Ben Zobrist.
Two of the Rays' four runs came on solo homers. Jonny Gomes' mammoth blast off Toronto starter Dustin McGowan in the fifth hit off the scoreboard in the second deck of leftfield and was estimated at 465 feet, the seventh-longest homer in Tropicana Field history.
B.J. Upton's shot in the eighth off reliever Casey Janssen was Upton's fifth in his past 11 games.
The Rays scored their first run in the third when McGowan's wild pitch plated Zobrist from third. Zobrist had hit a two-out single and moved to third on Akinori Iwamura's ground-rule double that went over the left-centerfield wall on one bounce.
Sonnanstine issued a rare one-out walk to Overbay, the second batter of the game. And after Alex Rios' triple and Troy Glaus' single each brought in runs, the Rays rookie already trailed 2-0 four batters in. The Jays scored in the fourth on Vernon Wells' sacrifice fly.