MILWAUKEE, AUG. 6 -- In this land of bratwurst and polka music, of cool summers and bitter winters, the Baltimore Orioles extended a perfectly imperfect record this afternoon.

Mike Flanagan allowed five runs in 3 1/3 innings and relievers Mike Griffin and Tom Niedenfuer were both hit hard as the Milwaukee Brewers romped to an 11-8 victory before 24,353 at County Stadium.

The Orioles (48-60) left here with their fourth straight loss and their sixth in nine games on this road trip. They also ran their record against the Brewers to 0-9, and, against the five American League East teams in front of them, they're 4-31.

In six games at County Stadium this season, the Orioles have gone 0-6 and allowed 44 runs -- 7.3 per game.

"It's been a rude awakening here in Milwaukee," Griffin said, shaking his head. "I don't want to see this place again. I'd pitched so well in Texas, and then this . . . "

The loss came despite the Orioles' awakened bats: They had 14 hits and knocked out starter Bill Wegman in the fourth inning. They got a second straight three-hit game from rookie second baseman Bill Ripken, and shortstop Cal Ripken Jr. ended his worst slump in five years (one for 30) with a single and two-run homer. Also, center fielder Fred Lynn homered for the first time since July 10.

But Milwaukee (55-51) matched them and then some. The Brewers, who broke the game open with a five-run fourth inning, got three hits and three runs batted in from rookie catcher B.J. Surhoff and three runs scored from designated hitter Paul Molitor, who extended his hitting streak to 20 games -- second longest in the major leagues this season.

"Our pitching had been going along pretty good, and then we come in here and get roughed up," Orioles Manager Cal Ripken Sr. said. "Flanagan looked like he was really struggling. He was behind hitters, and we had the lead. I wanted to try to hold on."

Flanagan was charged with five runs in 3 1/3 innings, but when he left the Orioles were leading, 6-4. He apparently was less than happy about being removed, snapping, "I've got nothing to say."

Milwaukee got 2 2/3 shutout innings from reliever Jay Aldrich (1-1) for the victory, and Chuck Crim allowed two runs in three innings to finish up.

The only good news for the Orioles was that rookie reliever John Habyan again was outstanding, pitching 2 2/3 perfect innings. He has allowed one earned run and four hits in his last 18 2/3 innings and may yet force his way into the starting rotation. He followed Griffin, who allowed four runs in an inning. Habyan was followed by Niedenfuer, who allowed two runs in one inning.

"I didn't even want to use Habyan today," Ripken said, "and I didn't want to leave him in very long. He pitched {4 2/3 innings} Monday, and I was sorry to have to use him."

Flanagan was in trouble from the beginning, but trailed only 3-1 after two innings. Lynn's three-run homer got him a 4-3 lead in the third. Wegman left after the first four Orioles reached base in the fourth, and the Orioles scored twice for a 6-3 lead.

Mike Young walked and Floyd Rayford singled to open the inning, but Wegman picked Young off second. Jim Dwyer walked and Bill Ripken singled to load the bases. Aldrich came in and got a double-play grounder from Ripken Jr. that third baseman Steve Kiefer turned into a two-run error. Kiefer fielded the ball and stepped on third to force out Dwyer. He then threw wildly past first, allowing Rayford and Bill Ripken to score. Aldrich then struck out Murray to end the inning. He kept the Orioles scoreless until the seventh, when Crim took over.

Trailing, 6-3, the Brewers came back for good in the fourth. Kiefer looped a double to right with one out, and Surhoff scored him with a single to right. Ripken Sr. brought in Griffin, who faced nine hitters and got three out. He got Juan Castillo on a fly to center, but Dale Sveum tripled to center for a run.

Molitor singled for another, and Mike Felder beat out an infield single. Yount tripled to left-center for two more and an 8-5 lead. The Brewers got another in the fifth and two more in the eighth to finish the rout.

"I was just getting some pitches up," Griffin said. "I left too many of 'em over the middle of the plate."

Orioles Notes:

Pitcher Scott McGregor said his left shoulder felt better today and that he'll probably take his regularly scheduled turn Sunday . . . Ripken Sr. said he might use Dave Schmidt (sore elbow) out of the bullpen once or twice before putting him back in the rotation.