To say Mets first baseman Lucas Duda has struggled since his return from the disabled list would be on par with saying the bridges and tunnels around New York get congested at rush hour.

Entering the Mets’ 9-3 romp over the Padres on Tuesday at Citi Field, Duda was hitting .206 overall and a mere .154 (4-of-26) in nine games since his May 12 return from a hyperextended left elbow. He was without an RBI in those nine games.

Yup, traffic can be a bear at 5:30 p.m. at the city bridges and tunnels.

But Duda had a night the Mets hope might kick-start him to far bigger and better things. He rapped out three hits and drove in three runs. If nothing else, it eased any mental congestion for a while.

“Yeah, it was nice to contribute finally. It was nice to help the team win. We came out swinging a hot bat tonight. Everybody, one through nine, so [it was a] good win for us,” Duda said.

“They’re all big for him right now. He’s fighting. He’s coming back after injury. He’s coming back after a tough year last year,” manager Terry Collins said.