Ross, who began the season on the 15-day disabled list with lower back spasms, was reinstated from the DL prior to Wednesday's game.
"I was hoping I'd get back and get a win for the team," said Ross, who went 2-for-4 with a double in a 9-3 loss to Houston. "I want to help these guys win. I felt good out there tonight. It felt great to be back."
Ross took the roster spot of outfielder Norris Hopper, who was placed on the DL with right elbow inflammation.
Hopper, who's batting .240 in 15 games, is eligible to be reinstated May 5 in the opener of a three-game series against the Cubs.
In 13 rehab appearances combined at Class A Sarasota and Triple-A Louisville, Ross batted .171 with one home run and three RBIs. He had a double, triple and scored six runs. Ross also walked six times and had 16 strikeouts.
Ross hit .203 last season with 17 home runs and 39 RBIs in 112 games for the Reds.
Ross has been Arroyo's preferred catcher throughout the right-hander's first two seasons in Cincinnati. Even though Arroyo fell to 0-3 Wednesday, Ross was pleased to be behind the plate for the right-hander's fifth start.
"I was hoping to get back and things would click with Bronson again," said Ross. "I was hoping for a better result."
Jeff Wallner is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.