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Monday morning Mets roundup: manly cheeleaders, a comeback win & Tim Byrdak’s contract extension

Ruben Tejada's 2010 Allen & Ginter baseball card

The New York Mets battled back to defeat the Atlanta Braves 7-5 on Sunday. It wasn’t a pretty win – Dillon Gee walked 5 and threw just 48 of his 93 pitches for strikes before Terry Collins gave him the hook in the fifth. Atlanta starter Brandon Beachy struck out 8 Mets in less than five innings, and Jason Pridie, Justin Turner and Ruben Tejada all made sloppy-looking plays in the field.

But the important thing is that the Mets took advantage of a pair of bases-loaded walks to score runs; Tejada came up with a pair of big hits to drive in four more, and Lucas Duda crushed a Craig Kimbrel fastball for a monster home run to cap the victory.

Atlanta isn’t quite in the predicament that Boston is, but they’ve got to be starting to sweat as their once-comfortable wild card lead continues to shrink.

After the game, the Mets veterans made the rookies wear cheerleader uniforms for the trip to the airport. Justin Turner and ESPN NY’s Adam Rubin were kind (?) enough to share some photos with Mets fans.

The Mets signed lefty specialist Tim Byrdak to a one-year contract extension yesterday. Financial terms were not officially disclosed. Byrdak is one of the few relievers who have consistently done their jobs this year, so I don’t mind having him back for 2012. However, I don’t think “lefty specialist” should really have been a top priority. (Then again, maybe I’m biased because I hate watching teams use three pitchers to record three outs in one inning.)

Sunday was the anniversary of the final game at the Polo Grounds, and Nick Diunte interviewed some former players to get their memories of the occasion for Examiner.com