DETROIT, OCT. 9 -- There used to be an advertisement with the word "Sex" emblazoned in huge, red letters. Underneath it, the ad began: "Now that we have your attention . . . "

The Minnesota Twins might not have that kind of appeal, but they do have a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven American League Championship Series. The Twins have certainly gotten the attention not only of the Detroit Tigers, but of most people outside Minnesota who gave them little chance to win.

"We just go out and do the best we can each day," Twins Manager Tom Kelly said yesterday. "That is our philosophy. We do the best we can and Saturday we will do the best we can against Walt Terrell."

Most people know about the Twins as those guys with the 4,000 cheap homers in the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. With Kirby Puckett's .332 average and 207 hits, Kent Hrbek's 34 homers and .545 slugging percentage and Gary Gaetti's 109 RBI, it is true that the team scores in bunches.

But Puckett is hitting .125 in the series and Hrbek .143. Only Gaetti, who is three for seven, is getting hits.

So far, Minnesota has gotten timely hits from unexpected sources, effective if not outstanding pitching and continued its success at home.

Thursday, two of the lighter weights in the Twins lineup drove in four runs in a 6-3 victory. Left fielder Dan Gladden (.249 in the regular season) and catcher Tim Laudner (.191) -- they're the No. 1 and No. 9 men in the order -- both got two-out, two-RBI hits. Starter Bert Blyleven gutted his way through 7 1/3 innings, then reliever Juan Berenguer shut the door, striking out four of the five men he faced.

In other words, the Twins are not just another homer-happy bunch.

"You can't play baseball unless you play some defense," third baseman Gaetti said. "It has to be, because you only bat once an inning. You bat four times a game, whereas you play defense nine times a game. We don't have too many errors."

In fact, the Twins committed a major league low 98 errors, although by playing on artificial turf almost two-thirds of the season they benefited greatly (and were 61-39 on artificial turf).

Minnesota came through with two heads-up defensive plays and one miraculous one Thursday. In the fifth, shortstop Greg Gagne fielded Darrell Evans' high chopper with Lou Whitaker on first. A play at first would have been close, so Gagne reached out and swipe-tagged Whitaker for the last out.

Second baseman Steve Lombardozzi turned a similar trick with Evans on first in the eighth. Lombardozzi fielded Alan Trammell's turf-bouncer and beat Evans to second.

But the big play came when John Grubb led off the eighth with a hard smash to Gaetti at third. Gaetti's throw was low and away from first baseman Hrbek, but Hrbek dived and caught the ball while keeping his left foot on the bag.

"Most people think I was stretching, but I was just practicing my offseason work as a couch potato," Hrbek told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. "I just laid down and the ball hit my glove."

"Gaetti looks good at third," said Tigers relief ace Mike Henneman. "Their outfield's stable. Hrbek's tough at first. They play great at home, the best record in baseball {56-25 during the regular season}. I just think, if we come home and play the way we have all year, it'll be interesting."

Center fielder Puckett and Gaetti both own 1986 Gold Gloves. This season, Gaetti finished second during the regular season in American League fielding average at third. Hrbek set a Minnesota club record with a .996 percentage. And Puckett made everybody's highlight films by three times stealing homers at the fence.

"Defense is overlooked, sometimes by everybody," Gaetti said. "But I don't think that has happened here."

Yet only half the job is done. The Twins, whose road record was tied for third-worst in the majors during the regular season, face three straight games at Tiger Stadium.