Terry Francona turned 54 on Monday and the Indians gave him the kind of birthday present he will remember. Asdrubal Cabrera delivered it and it sure beat the heck out of falling down a flight of dugout stairs.

With the Tribe trailing, 2-1, with two outs in the eighth inning, Cabrera lined a two-run single into center field for a 3-2 victory over Chicago at U.S. Cellular Field. The Indians have won three straight, while the White Sox have lost four in a row.

It was a frustrating birthday for Francona until the eighth. Justin Masterson was pitching well, but the offense wasn't producing much of anything except outs.

After the Tribe took an early 1-0 lead, Connor Gillaspie hit a leadoff homer in the second to pull the White Sox even. Chicago made it 2-1 when switch-hitting catcher Hector Gimenez doubled to left-center field to score Alexei Ramirez in the fourth. Michael Brantley chased the ball into the fence, but couldn't catch it.

That's how the score stayed until the eighth because the Indians couldn't do much against right-hander Dylan Axelrod. Making just his third career appearance against the Indians, Axelrod allowed one run in six innings, striking out four, walking two and allowing three hits.

Things changed in the eighth and for the first time the Indians' much-talked-about, but rarely-seen, speed game played a role.

Lefty Matt Thornton (0-1) started the inning by retiring Lonnie Chisenhall, but Drew Stubbs singled off Gillaspie's glove at third. The fleet Stubbs stole second and Brantley walked.