Doubles by Tom Brookens and Lou Whitaker in a two-run third inning helped the Tigers defeat the Minnesota Twins, 4-3, in Detroit last night.

Winner Dan Petry (14-8) allowed eight hits, struck out three and walked three. Gary Ward was hit in the face by a pitch by Petry in the eighth inning, and was taken to a nearby hospital for X-rays.

The Twins took a 2-0 lead in the first. Singles by Darrell Brown and John Castino and a double-play grounder by Ward scored the first run. Then Kent Hrbek hit a 420-foot shot to center for his 12th homer.

In the Tigers' second, Larry Herndon was hit by a pitch, took third on a single by Enos Cabell and scored on a sacrifice fly by Chet Lemon.

Successive doubles by Brookens and Whitaker started the Tigers' rally in the third and tied the game, 2-2, and Alan Trammell singled in Whitaker for a 3-2 lead. Lance Parrish hit his 21st homer in the Detroit sixth off Ken Schrom (12-6).

The Twins hit into five double plays, one of which Manager Billy Gardner said was turned with the help of a bad call at second by umpire Durwood Merrill.

"Ray Charles could have called that play," Gardner said of a double play call Merrill made in the eighth inning with runners on first and third and one out.