BALTIMORE, AUG. 14 -- Juan Nieves, who earlier this season pitched a no-hitter against the Baltimore Orioles, wasn't that sharp tonight. But he was plenty good, striking out eight and allowing eight hits in 6 2/3 innings to provide the Milwaukee Brewers a 6-2 victory over the Orioles before 19,761 at Memorial Stadium.

In winning their 10th game of 11 against the Orioles this season, the Brewers got two homers from Dale Sveum and RBI from Robin Yount and Rob Deer to offset Terry Kennedy's homer.

Nieves is 9-6 this season, and Baltimore has been an especially good place for him. He is 3-0 lifetime at Memorial Stadium, with a 0.84 ERA in 32 innings, giving up only three earned runs. Chuck Crim helped tonight with 2 1/3 innings, worth his fourth save.

Eric Bell (9-9) took the loss.

Paul Molitor singled in the seventh to extend his hitting streak to 29 games, a club record and the longest hitting streak in the majors this season. It's also the third-longest streak in the American League this decade, behind Ken Landreaux (31 in 1980) and George Brett (30 in 1980).

"The last three outings I've changed a lot of speeds and here, I changed a lot," said Nieves. "It makes my fastball more effective." Once established, he said he kept with his pattern of changing speeds to keep hitters off-balance.

Orioles Manager Cal Ripken Sr. said home plate umpire Ted Hendry might have hurt the Orioles as much as Nieves did.

"We seemed to think he missed some pitches," Ripken said. "If we didn't, we wouldn't have been hollering. Hendry said {Jim} Dwyer yelled at him 'you stink!' "

Dwyer was ejected in the ninth after pinch hitting for Lee Lacy.

"The thing of it is," Ripken said, "it didn't matter. We didn't pitch. And we didn't hit very well either. We got nine hits and the first two guys in the lineup had five and we still only scored two runs."

The Brewers did their major damage in the third, getting five runs off Bell. After Juan Castillo, who doubled to lead off the inning, was caught in a rundown for the second out, the Brewers got consecutive hits from Yount, Deer, Glenn Braggs and Sveum.

Yount's hit, a double, was the 400th of his career. He became the 82nd player to hit that many.

Shortstop Sveum's 16th homer, on a 2-1 curve, went to left field with two on and put the Brewers up 5-1.

He was hitting sixth, a move up from his usual ninth spot.

"Yeah, I had a nosebleed, I was up so high," said Sveum, who added his 17th homer in the fifth off one of Bell's fastballs.

He said experience has led to his increased power this season. "I've been strong enough {to hit homers}," he said. "I've been trying to hit more -- not really hit more, but letting the bat go."

Nieves was not sharp early, falling behind three batters in the first when the Orioles scored because right fielder Braggs caught Cal Ripken's fly and dropped it before he could throw. But Nieves was in control afterward, reaching a three-ball count only twice while striking out two in each of the first four innings.

Those eight strikeouts increased the Orioles' 12-inning total to 23. They had struck out 15 times against the Brewers Thursday, tying a club record for a nine-inning game. They struck out twice more tonight for a two-game total of 25.

The Orioles got their other run in the sixth on Kennedy's 14th homer. It was his first since June and came after a zero-for-12 stretch in which he had struck out six times.

It was also the Orioles' ninth consecutive game with a homer, and 16th in their last 17, leaving them one short of their homer production for all last season.

In the seventh, Molitor fought off one of Bell's fastballs and hit it over Cal Ripken Jr. to extend his streak.

"It wasn't as pretty as last night {a ninth-inning homer} but it still counts," Molitor said. "The last two days, I haven't swung the bat very well at all. I've been fortunate to extend it. I've been swinging like a guy who's had a 28-game hitless streak."

As he passed the halfway mark to Joe DiMaggio's 56-game streak, he said it was becoming "harder to keep in focus. you try to keep it in the back of your mind when you go up to the plate."

Orioles Notes:

Right-handed reliever Doug Corbett, plagued by a bad left knee, announced his retirement before the game.

He said he decided to quit when team physician Charles Silberstein warned him that continuing to play might lead to permanent injury.

"I'm not going to take a chance," Corbett said. "I've got a personal friend who's a wealthy man and can't play with his kids."

He had been placed on the 21-day disabled list Aug. 5 with traumatic arthritis to the left knee. He has had two operations on the knee . . .

Larry Sheets didn't play tonight, although he is recovered from the whiplash he suffered in Thursday's 5-4 victory.

Manager Ripken said he wouldn't take any chances on playing Sheets, althought the right fielder looked all right in batting practice.