Just as you can't assume the double play, you can't assume Justin Verlander will win every game.
Verlander certainly pitched well enough to win Thursday's getaway game in Seattle, allowing just two runs on nine hits while walking one and striking out a season high 12.
But Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma matched him in the outs department, if not in strikeouts, and the bullpen of Carter Capps and Tom Wilhelmsen backed him up nicely in a 2-0 victory.
"Once again, good pitching," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said to John Keating in the postgame show. "Both guys, both starters were good. They got the one big hit, two out and a base hit and then the pinch hitter came through for them and they added one on.
"You saw a lot of good pitching in this series and looks to me like their bullpen is really good. Capps and Wilhelmsen came in and they're both nasty.
Verlander did not allow a run until there were two outs in the seventh. Pinch hitter Kyle Se...