MINNEAPOLIS — Danny Valencia is hardly looking like a rookie for the Twins.
Valencia delivered another key hit, launching a tiebreaking three-run homer in the sixth that sent Kevin Slowey and the AL Central-leading Twins over the Athletics 4-2 Saturday.
The Twins' magic number for clinching the division was cut to five when the White Sox lost to the Tigers. They lead the second-place White Sox by 10 games.
"You see all these situations coming up in the minor leagues," Valencia said. "Obviously everything is magnified up here, but it's still the same game, and you've just got to go with it."
Valencia, Michael Cuddyer and Jason Repko each had two hits for the Twins.
Slowey (13-6) set a career high for wins, giving up two runs in 62/3 innings. Matt Capps earned his 40th save and 13th in 15 chances since coming to the Twins.
Landon Powell homered and doubled for the A's.