CLEVELAND, AUG. 20 -- Paul Molitor and his hitting streak have escaped Cleveland and the legend of Ken Keltner.

Molitor extended the streak to 35 games tonight with a second-inning RBI double down the left field line against the Indians' Ken Schrom, who was roughed up for eight runs in three innings.

The Brewers won, 14-2, taking three of four this week in Cleveland Stadium. It was here that third baseman Keltner helped end Joe DiMaggio's record 56-game hitting streak in 1941 with two memorable stops.

Molitor's streak is the longest in the AL since Keltner stopped DiMaggio. Molitor's first hit tonight, on a 2-1 pitch, hooked and fell fair by inches.

He had failed his first at-bat against Schrom, flying to center field in the first. During those first two at-bats, Molitor saw nothing but curves and changes, which are Schrom's bread and butter.

"The first 15 pitches I didn't see a fastball," Molitor said. "It was a change-up {that I hit}."

The crowd of 7,855 gave him a standing ovation, as they have done in each game of this series.

He added an RBI double in the fourth, a single up the middle in the sixth, walked in the seventh and grounded out in the ninth to finish three for five.

He is hitting .423 (63 for 149) during the streak, longest in the majors since Pete Rose's 44-game streak in 1978. He's batting .372 for the season, which would lead the American League if he had enough plate appearances to qualify for the batting title.

He is tied with Ty Cobb for fourth place on the American League's all-time hitting streak list. Fred Clarke hit in 35 straight games, but that was in 1895 for Louisville of the National League.

If Molitor were to get a hit Friday night in Milwaukee against Kansas City, he would tie Billy Hamilton of Philadelphia, who hit in 36 straight NL games in 1894.

Molitor has had some offensive help recently. The Brewers have knocked around Cleveland pitchers for 35 runs and 42 hits in the last three games, including grand slams in the last two games by Rob Deer.

"It's just a nice situation to be hitting in right now," Molitor said.

Deer's consecutive grand slam streak tied a club record and hadn't been done since Greg Luzinski hit two for the White Sox against Minnesota on June 8-9, 1984.

In addition, though Molitor does not like to speak of clubhouse superstitions, he and Deer have worked out a "secret handshake" that they have been using before each game.

"At the all-star break I told him I had noticed that Jack Clark and Ozzie Smith had originated a high 10," Molitor said. "It's worked so far."

"I don't know how to describe it," Deer said. "It's a secret."

The Brewers will return to Milwaukee for a nine-game home stand, beginning with three games this weekend against the Kansas City Royals. Molitor said that, contrary to feeling more pressure at home, "if anything, it should be a little bit of a lift. It'll be nice to see my wife and my daughter."

But if he is to continue the streak, he will have to do it against one of the AL's best pitching staffs. The Royals lead the league in earned run average (3.81), are second in complete games (33) and tied for second in shutouts (eight).

In order, Molitor will face left-hander Danny Jackson, right-hander Bret Saberhagen (tied for second in the AL with teammate Charlie Leibrandt in complete games, fourth in the AL in ERA at 3.24) and left-hander Leibrandt (first in the AL in ERA at 2.77).