You've all seen Justin Verlander's knee-buckling breaking ball.

A thing of beauty, right? When it works, which is most of the time.

But sometimes it's not the best pitch he has going. Or the second best. Or even the third.

Sometimes in a loss he can point to a breaking ball and say that's the pitch he shouldn't have thrown, as he did of a curve he regretted throwing to shortstop Robert Andino with two outs in the seventh of Thursday's 2-0 loss to the Mariners.

Andino singled.

Kyle Seager followed with a pinch-hit double on a fastball to knock in Andino, who barely beat the throw home. And the makings of a loss suddenly were evident for the Tigers.

"I can recall throwing one or two good ones all day," Verlander said of his curve. "I threw a lot of good sliders, had a good change-up, was locating my fastball well. Any of those three would have given me a better opportunity to get (Andino) out."

So why did he throw a curve?

"I felt that after the fastball I threw on the pitch before, something with more separation would be beneficial," he said. "But I can't blame it entirely on selection. I also hung it."