Victorino taken to hospital after crashing hard into outfield wall

BOSTON – Boston Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino was taken to a hospital for further evaluation after crashing into the outfield wall in the fourth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday while attempting to catch Emilio Bonifacio’s drive.

Victorino, a St. Anthony High School alumnus, retreated toward the wall and leaped in an attempt to make the catch. He appeared to land ribs-first on the top of the short wall as the ball sailed into the Blue Jays’ bullpen for a home run. Victorino fell to the ground, writhing in pain.

Toronto hit five homers in a 12-4 victory.

After being attended to by team personnel, Victorino remained in the game and took his next at-bat, but left after the sixth inning and was taken to a hospital for further evaluation. He missed a week and a half earlier this season with lower back stiffness.

“The way Shane hit the wall, he started to stiffen up as the game went on,” Boston manager John Farrell told “And given what he’s been dealing with, low back-wise, we weren’t going to take any chances further today.”

The Red Sox are off today and Farrell added, “Everything points to him being ready for Tuesday.”

Toronto reliever Darren Oliver, who was in the right-field bullpen on the home run and had a clear view of the play, said: “Oh man, he hit that wall hard.”

Bautista hit two home runs for the Blue Jays, who took two of three in the weekend series.

“You get three or four runs ahead,” Bautista said, “that’s when some guys come out and are able to take some big hacks and we get the types of results we got today.”

Bautista batted second for the second straight day after hitting in his usual cleanup slot through his first 31 games. He went 2-for-3 with a walk Sunday and is 4-for-7 with two homers and a pair of walks batting second.

Different spot. Same approach.

“Pitchers know who I am, and I know who they are, and I know how they’re going to try to get me out,” he said.

Edwin Encarnacion and Brett Lawrie also homered for the Blue Jays, who have won just seven of their last 20 and are last in the American League East at 15-24. They finished a 4-3 trip.

Chad Jenkins (1-0) got his second major league win and first since Oct. 2, allowing two runs and seven hits in five innings-plus. It was just the fourth big league start and 14th appearance for Jenkins, who missed most of spring training and the start of the season with shoulder inflammation.

Mike Napoli and Pedro Ciriaco homered for Boston, which has lost eight of 10 following a 20-8 start.

Boston’s Ryan Dempster (2-4) gave up six runs and seven hits in five innings.