The Mets arrived at the visitors’ clubhouse at AT&T Park Tuesday afternoon around 12 hours after they had left it.

Ordinarily, position players prepare for mandatory batting practice and pitchers set out for stretches and running. Some squeeze a workout in. The routines are a staple across baseball over the course of the monotonous 162-game schedule.

But Tuesday, continuing a trend for the Mets this season, the pregame activities were optional to conserve energy after the Mets played their 11th extra-inning game of the young season, a grueling 16-inning win, the night before.

“There’s not much you can do after a game like last night,” Mets strength and conditioning coordinator Jim Malone said before the Mets’ 10-6 win Tuesday. “It’s not like they’re going to push back tonight’s start time.”

Ultimately, the Mets did not need the favor. Marlon Byrd’s seventh career grand slam in the eighth inning – his 14th home run of the season – blew a one-run game open in the Mets’ third straight victory in a relatively quick three hours and 23 minutes.

"Marlon's been unbelievable, he really has," Mets manager Terry Collins said.

With the bullpen fatigued, Dillon Gee was asked to labor through 6 2/3 innings. The right-hander yielded five runs on nine hits – five in the infield -- and five walks. Gee (6-7, 4.60 ERA) struck out three.

“After playing as long as we did last night, I wanted to go ever deeper than that,” Gee said. “But that was the main goal.”

Scott Rice (4-5, 4.46 ERA) relieved Gee in his league-leading 46th appearance and picked up the win despite pitching just one-third of an inning.

It was a rare successful night on fumes for the Mets, who improved to 39-48 on the season and just 2-9 following extra-inning contests.

“It’s kind of weird because we’re getting used to it,” Byrd said of playing the extra baseball. “It’s just one of those things where we keep plugging along. It’s not one of those things you want to get used to. But at the same time, if we keep winning, 9, 10, 11, 12 innings, we’ll take it.”

There have been several oddities in the Mets’ schedule. In addition to the free baseball, they’ve had six postponements due to inclement weather and a number of other weather-induced delays.