A game that featured one of the least-celebrated home runs in recent Mariner history at Safeco Field also turned into one of the least-celebrated victories by the team itself.
Michael Saunders hit one of two solo home runs to back up some fantastic pitching by Hisashi Iwakuma and lift Seattle to a 2-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night in front of 18,562 spectators.
But Saunders’ seventh-inning homer remained in question until he had rounded the bases and gotten to the dugout as no one knew for sure if Minnesota center fielder Sam Fuld — who hit the wall and crumbled to the ground — had caught the ball.
“That’s a tough play that Sam makes more often than you’d think,’’ said Saunders.
Saunders said he didn’t know for sure it was a homer until the umpires ruled it as one after he was already in the dugout. That led to a muted reaction from the crowd, which also was kept in suspense.
The clubhouse afterward was likewise more somber than might be expected after a vict...